2014 human rights white paper released by State Council
On June 8, the Information Office of the State Council released a White Paper titled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2014” (2014年中国人权事业的进展). This is the 12th White Paper on human rights released by the Chinese government since 1991. The White Paper covers a wide range of human rights developments in 2014 including the right to development, the right to a fair trial, personal rights, democratic rights, environmental rights, rights of women, children, the elderly, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and international cooperation and exchanges in human rights field.
Xu Yongguang (徐永光) given position at State Council’s Counselors’ Office
The Narada Foundation reports that on May 29th 2015, the Counselors’ Office of the State Council (国务院参事室) offered Xu Yongguang, director general of the Narada Foundation, a position as a research fellow (特约研究员). His contract will be for 3 years. Xu Yongguang is the founder of the China Youth Development Foundation and Project Hope. He has been working in the field of Chinese public welfare for 25 years and has contributed a lot to the development of Chinese grassroots charity.
Jimen Strategic Forum on Chinese NGOs “going out”
The recent tragic Nepal earthquake has been a big test for China’s NGOs, with it representing their first large-scale participation in foreign humanitarian assistance. As more and more Chinese NGOs reach out to the world, the Jimen Strategic Forum (蓟门决策论坛) recently held a special session on Chinese NGOs “going out”. Xingzui Wang, deputy Director of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, attended the forum and points out that although Chinese government and business have invested over 665 billion US dollars in 184 countries, most of the contracts are construction related and has little to do with community development. According to Wang it is crucial to establish a healthy trilateral relationship among government, businesses, and NGOs in …read more
Trial regulations require registered NGOs to establish “Party groups (党组)”
On May 29th, the Political Bureau of CPC Central Committee passed the “The Communist Party of China’s Party Organizations’ Working Regulations (trial) （中国共产党党组工作条例（试行））”. According to the Constitution of the Communist Party of China (中国共产党章程), organizations such as central and local government agencies, people’s organizations (人民团体), businesses, cultural institutions, and other non-party organizations (非党组织）are allowed to establish Party groups (党组) within their organization. However the newly passed Regulations now states that a number of types of organizations – for the first time including registered NGOs (called “social organizations”, 社会组织）- are required to establish Party groups. The new regulations also removed the word “non-party” (非党组织). According to the Dongfang Daily, because NGOs (social organizations) are still …read more
“Springtime” for third-party evaluation of Chinese NGOs
On May 20th the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) clarified the general ideas, basic principles and strategic policies of the newly released “Suggestions for the Third-Party Evaluation of Social Organizations (关于探索建立社会组织第三方评估机制的指导意见)”. According to the Philanthropy Times, future evaluations would be improved by the Suggestions in four main areas: 1. Establishing third-party evaluation organizations will help perfect the process of evaluation. With the guidance of the newly released Suggestions, provinces would be able to evaluate social organizations more professionally and collect more accurate results for future reference. 2. The Suggestions confirm the basic principles of third-party evaluation, separating government involvement from social organizations, separating government management and evaluation from social organizations, and conducting …read more
Overseas NGO Management Law discussed at Shanghai seminar
A seminar was held at Shanghai Jiaotong University on May 21st to discuss the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law. More than 50 legal experts and scholars came from all over the country to discuss the draft legislation. The event was co-organized by Jiaotong University and The Center for NPOs law of Peking University. An article in the Shanghai Education News detailed the event, saying that as China has developed its interaction with overseas NGOs has increased. Operating in areas such as education, science, environmental protection, and public health, the different concepts, management methods and operational systems of overseas NGOs have contributed to the development of China’s own NGOs. At the …read more
CDB English Translation of The Overseas NGO Management Law (Second Draft)
CDB has translated the second draft of the Overseas NGO Management Law, which has just been released for public consultation
Draft overseas NGO law released online for public consultation
The second draft of the law that will bring sweeping new regulations to cover the activities of foreign NGOs in China has been put on the NPC website for public consultation. The “People’s Republic of China Foreign NGO Management Law (Draft Second Draft)”, which emerged out of discussions at the 14th session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, is displayed on the website in full. Comments about the draft can be made via the NPC website or by posting to the address listed below. The deadline for comments is the 4th June.
New Problems for the Chinese Public Interest Sector
Yang Tuan, Deputy Director of the Center for Policy Studies at CASS, discusses problems emerging from the recent, rapid evolution of China’s public interest sector and calls for a new, more sustainable development.
Interview with Tony Saich: Philanthropy, Governance, and Future Challenges
This article contains the remaining parts of an interview with Tony Saich of the Harvard Kennedy School, in which Professor Saich talks about governance, international partnerships, China’s new philanthropy, and future challenges facing China’s development.
The top 10 Chinese public welfare news stories of 2014
2014 was a busy year for the public welfare sector in China. Message, changes, and trends emerging from government agencies, grassroots NGOs, and society all made significant impacts on the development of the sector. Below are the top 10 public welfare events in 2014 as chosen by the China Philanthropy Times (公益时报). The results are based on in-depth online survey and advice from related media, experts, and NGO leaders: 1. Political and Policy Making: “Guiding Opinions of the State Council on the Healthy Development of the Public Welfare Sector” by the State Council (国务院《关于促进慈善事业健康发展的指导意见》) The Opinions, published in December 2014, is the first document enacted by the central government [Editors note: as opposed to laws, …read more
Number of open government information lawsuits increases in Guangdong
Recently, the Guangdong High People’s Court published the statistics for administrative cases brought against government for disclosure of informations. The data show that, compared to the previous year, the number of cases accepted by local courts increased by 73% in 2013, and 39% in 2014.
Eliminating certain NGOs’ privileges
This article deals with government departments establishing NGOs. For the author, this creates problems in terms of NGOs using government influence to hold on to money, reform bonuses and increases the burden on both grass-roots and enterprises.
Lawyers and judges should avoid creating situations where both sides lose
During a case involving multiple offences in Huizhou, Guangdong, the defendants’ lawyers left the room without giving any explanation. This action comes at a moment when the Supreme People’s Procuratorate has published “Provisions on protecting lawyers’ professional rights according to the law”.
New regulations on government procurement of services implemented
On January 1st 2015, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce jointly published the latest version of the “Provisional Measures on the Management of Government Procurement of Services”.
An Oral History of Wang Xingjuan
In this article, CDB’s Guo Ting interviews Wang Xingjuan, one of the pioneering figures of the Chinese feminist movement. Through Wang’s story, we get a glimpse at the development of the Chinese women’s rights movement from the end of the eighties on.