Keyword: Policy and Regulations

Charity Law to come into force on September 1st

On March 16, the Charity Law of the People’s Republic of China was passed by the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress with 2636 pros, 131 cons, and 83 abstentions. The law will come into force on September 1st, 2016. As the first ever law of its kind, the Charity Law clarifies the definition of charity activities, regulates the establishment and operation of charity organizations and the sources and use of charitable property and charitable services, and strives to promote the cause of charity. During the 12th National People’s Congress, 4000 suggestions concerning the law were put forward by 1231 people. 110 modifications, among which 38 were substantial, were made …read more

“Two sessions” representatives give advice on the home services industry

“Two sessions” representatives give advice on the home services industry

Although representatives had submitted proposals for the home services industry, few of them was put on the conference agenda.

Charity Law draft limits public fundraising foundations’ management fee to 10% of expenditures

Following the review of the third draft of China’s Charity Law during China’s “two sessions”, Article 60 of the draft has captured a certain amount of public attention and stirred up some heated debate. The original article states that ”annual expenditures for charity activities by foundations with the qualifications for public fund-raising shall be no less than 70% of the average revenue of the past three years and the annual management costs (年度管理成本) shall not exceed 15% of annual expenditures.” Many delegates to the two sessions, however, considered the percentage for annual management costs to be way too high and suggested that the percentage be lowered. In the morning of March 12th, during …read more

First transgender employment discrimination case to go to arbitration

On March 7th the labor arbitration tribunal of Yunyan district, Guiyang city, took up a transgender employment discrimination case filed by “Mr. C” against Ciming CheckUp (贵阳慈铭健康体检中心). This is the first case of employment discrimination against a transsexual in China that goes to court. At the same time, the Expert’s Draft on the Employment Non-Discrimination Law (《反就业歧视法(专家意见稿)》), proposed by over 30 delegates to the National People’s Congress during the on-going “ two sessions”, also includes articles against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Mr C is a transsexual (female to male) who joined Ciming CheckUp as a salesman in April 2015. Although he met all the requirements for the position, …read more

Clarifications provided regarding the Third Draft of the Charity Law

Compared to the second version, the Third Draft contains changes in articles related to charitable fund-raising (慈善募捐), charitable trusts (慈善信托) and charitable assets (慈善财产)

The Draft of the Charity Law specifies regulations concerning fundraising activities

The Draft of the Charity Law has specified the entities of fundraising activities, which was of widespread public concern.

Domestic violence causes 80% of divorces for rural women

On March 7th, a news conference on Women’s Rights Protection was held in the People’s Court of Huairou (a rural district of Beijing), revealing that domestic violence frequently occurs in rural areas. Figures show that over 80% of women in these areas who apply for a divorce state that they have been victims of domestic violence. According to the analysis of all such cases dealt with by the Huairou People’s Court, the frequent domestic violence in rural areas includes verbal abuse, threats, physical violence in various degrees, and even the control of women’s daily behavior and violence towards their relatives. Despite this, the court often encounters difficulties in finding valid …read more

Victims seek help on the first day the Domestic Violence Law takes effect

On the first day of formal implementation of the Domestic Violence Law, Wu Juan went straight to the People’s Court to apply for the protection order of domestic violence, for the reason of beating and threatening she suffered from her husband.

State Council revises the administrative regulations for the registration of social organizations

The State Council revised the “Regulation on Registration and Administration of Social Organizations”, and the new version is already enforced.

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

“ Island Libraries” promote China’s nationwide reading policy

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (国家新闻出版广电总局) recently released a Draft of the new Nationwide Reading Promotion Regulations for public solicitation, following the Legislative Plan of the State Council (国务院立法工作计划). Nationwide reading promotion had already been proposed as a national policy in 2013 during the “two sessions” (the annual sessions of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference). With the new draft regulations being released, the topic is once again under the spotlight. Echoing this tide, a variety of free reading spaces have sprung up all over China during recent years. One particularly successful example worth mentioning is …read more

Revision of the Charity Law to be a focal point of China’s “two sessions” in 2016

The revision of the Charity Law has become one of the focal point the 2016 two sessions

Foundations take care of the elderly on behalf of their children

A project for institutions to help elderly people with special needs was launched in Beijing on the 17th of January. Li Hongbing, the deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau attended the opening ceremony and gave an address, in which he said that “given the current aging of the population, it is of vital importance for the whole of society to guarantee that the elderly are well supported and protected. As a result, the institutions of care for the elderly are playing a larger role in achieving that goal”. When emergencies (like over-spending medical costs or sudden severe diseases) occur during an old person’s stay in an institution of care, …read more

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel: engaging with Chinese philanthropy from a global perspective

An interview with Mark Sidel, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in which Professor Sidel discusses the current status of philanthropy in China and worldwide.

State Council encourages social organizations to help the poor

A document entitled The Opinion on Further Improvement on the Poor Support System has been released by China’s State Council on the 10th of February. The document points out that it is necessary to ensure the basic livelihoods of the poor and improve the systems of social support. It also encourages social organizations to provide impoverished people with voluntary services, services bought from the government and charitable donations, creating a harmonious environment in which the whole of society cares for the poor and gets involved in helping them. If poor people need to be looked after at home, the government can ask their relatives, friends, social organizations or organizations offering social work services …read more

Xinhua News: China’s seven-year plastic bag ban has saved 8.4 million tons of oil

China’s plastic bag ban launched in 2008 has successfully cut 1.4 million tons of plastic bag production, which equals to saving 8.4 million tons of oil

The State Council issues a document for the safeguard of “left-behind children”

The State Council urged reinforced efforts to protect and take care of “left-behind” children in rural areas in a document issued on Feb 14.

First guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project released in Chengdu

The first “Charity Chengdu” forum, jointly hosted by the Chengdu Municipal Committee of the China Zhi Gong Party and the Overseas Chinese Charity Foundation of Sichuan, was held in Chengdu on the 1st of February. The forum’s theme was “seeking a creative and standardized development”. During the event, the attending guests took part in a round-table on the themes of innovative entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility, discussing the opportunities for social organizations to take part in the management of Chengdu, which is an international metropolis. In addition the first operational guidelines for the evaluation of the Government Purchase Service Project, jointly launched by the Chengdu Xin Min Social Organization Development …read more

“Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases” released in Beijing

The China National Children’s Center (CNCC) and the China Children’s Rare Diseases Relief Fund (CCRF) jointly held a ceremony on January the 18th to celebrate the anniversary of the CCRF’s founding and the publication of the book “A Survey of Rare Childhood Diseases”. Mr. Fan, the secretary general of CCRF, explained that the book includes 15 real stories of children suffering from rare diseases; by telling readers their stories of disease-led poverty and insufficient health care and about the medical aid they received, the book seeks to appeal for more social attention for this social group and to provide information for related future aid policies. During the ceremony the accomplishments …read more