Weekly Civil Society News, September 24 – September 28

Weekly Civil Society News September 17 - September 21

Taking the Legal Road for Protecting Public Interest Assets

Over the summer, the Magezhuang Campus of the Chaoyang District New Citizens School (新公民学校), a school dedicated to the education of the children of migrant workers, was ordered to temporarily cease its operations. The school ...

Foshan Transfers Government Functions, But Where are the Public Service NGOs?

Foshan City’s Civil Affairs bureau reports that 57 city-level social organizations have met the qualifications for government contracting of services.  But none of the 57 are public service organizations.  Instead they are trade associations such ...

Labor NGO Growing Pains: the Government Should Regulate and Guide Labor Groups , September 3, 2012

More news comes out about the repression of labor NGOs in Shenzhen which started this February and has already affected more than 10 groups. The usual approach is for the landlord to use various excuses ...

The government procures a 16.5 million yuan worth social work project

Reports on the start of Guangdong province’s largest youth social work project involving a “youth zone” for casework projects carried out by youth social workers. The project is being funded by the Haizhu district government ...

The basic goal of China’s public institution reform: promoting the development of the public service sector

This article reports on the completion of the first stage of China’s reform of its public institutions (sometimes referred to as public service units). The first stage involved eliminating certain categories of public institutions such ...

NGOs get a boost from Shenzhen registration reforms

This is not really new news, but part of an ongoing story given that Shenzhen first started carrying out direct registration for social organizations as early as 2008. The upshot of this article appears to ...

A Public Letter Calls on Legislative Departments to Revise the Civil Procedure Law

The recent revision of the Civil Procedure Law is attracting attention from environmental groups. On August 16, two environmental NGOs, Friends of Nature and the Chongqing Green Volunteer League, told the Legal Daily that they ...

The Red Cross: Carrying Out Reform

August 2, 2012, the State Council issued “Views on the Promotion of the Work and Development of the Red Cross Society.” The State Council’s document refers to the Chinese Red Cross as “the government’s assistant ...

The Ministry of Civil Affairs issues “Selected regulations standardizing the behavior of foundations (trial)”

The Ministry of Civil Affairs today issued “Selected Regulations Standardizing the Behavior of Foundations (Trial)” (hereafter “Selected Regulations”) to standardize the behavior of foundations in the following areas: receiving and using donations; transactions, cooperation and ...

Third party evaluation is very Important in government procurement of services

The Guangdong provincial government recently issued the “Provisional Measures on Government Procurement of Social Organization Services,” clarifying the scope, procedures, and funding arrangements for government procurement of social organization services. The main sectors covered by ...

“Beijing Will Experiment With A Direct Document Filing System for Social Organizations“

In response to a proposal by Beijing City Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members [Editor’s Note: the CPPCC is an advisory representative body, drawing from China’s eight “democratic parties” that meets alongside the People’s ...

“Registered Capital for Nanjing Social Organizations Will be Lowered to 5000 Yuan”

In the spirit of the Ministry of Civil Affairs’ reforms promoting the direct registration of social organizations, the Nanjing Civil Affairs Department announced it would lower the registration requirements for social organizations, such as lowering ...

“Guangdong social organizations can directly register with Civil Affairs departments after July 1st”

As Guangdong prepares to implement a new regulation allowing social organizations to register directly with Civil Affairs departments, this article raises questions about its implementation given recent developments in the labor sector. One development is ...

“Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” have been in force for two weeks and 4 social organizations have been approved

Since May 1, when the “Guangzhou Fundraising Regulations” were promulgated, four social organizations have applied and received permission to engage in public fundraising for their projects.  So far, the process has been quite smooth, though ...

Human Rights Action Plan Prohibits Extorting Confessions

The State Council Information Office issued its second human rights plan —   Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015) — that emphasizes the following rights: Right to Know, which includes promoting disclosure of unclassified government information. Civil ...

When Will government procurement of services benefit ordinary NGOs?

This article discusses the push for government procurement of social services in Guangdong and the many challenges it poses for NGOs.  At the end of May, the Guangdong government issued “Provisional Measures for Government Procurement ...