Government standards for senior care organizations published
On December 29, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China (known as guobiao in Chinese) published the Basic specification of service quality for senior care organizations. Compiled by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the document represents the first guobiao standards on the service quality of senior care organizations, signifying that this area will develop in a more standardized manner in the future. By the end of 2016, the number of senior citizen (over 60 years old) had reached 230 million, or 16.7% of the total population of China, according to statistics provided by Ministry of Civil Affairs. Approximately 40 million (18.3%) of the senior citizens are disabled or partly disabled. Over …read more
China’s Battle Against Domestic Violence is Far from Over
Hope coexists with worry, says the latest monitoring report on the implementation of China’s first law against domestic violence.
Jiangsu passes the first local charity regulations in China
Jiangsu province ratified the first provincial regulations to standardize the implementation of the Charity Law during the 33rd meeting of the 12th Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Jiangsu, on December 2, 2017. The official WeChat account of the Ministry of Civil Affairs published an article identifying five main points from within the regulations. The first one is that governmental responsibilities are further clarified, as the regulations implement a coordination mechanism for all the charity work that involves state organs, people’s organizations and charitable organizations. For individuals who seek help, the regulations specify the channels and the process. Help-seekers should reveal their genuine identities when they distribute information, and …read more
Overseas NGOs register in Jiangsu and Hunan
Two overseas NGOs recently registered in Jiangsu and Hunan provinces. In Jiangsu, the overseas NGO management office of the local PSB issued registration credential to the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion. The PSB officials congratulated the Council on their successful registration and assured that the public security organs will provide more effective services based on the law. The chief representative from the Council thanked the overseas NGO management office and stated that the Council will keep promoting trade between the Netherlands and China. In Hunan, the Thailand-China Eastern Alliance Trade Promotion Council was awarded registration credential by the local PSB. The occasion was marked with a ceremony, during which the …read more
CDB holds workshop on the Overseas NGO Law in Beijing
Since the Overseas NGO Management Law came into effect at the beginning of this year, more and more overseas NGOs have successfully registered. The primary concern has now become how to better conduct activities in China under the new legal framework. In order to respond to this need, China Development Brief held a workshop on the operations of overseas NGOs in China on December 1st in Beijing, where representatives of overseas NGOs from different countries and regions shared their strategies and experiences. Out of the overseas NGOs that took part, 19 have registered their offices in China. In total, the event had over 60 participants. The panelists and participants generally agreed on the …read more
A Statistical Analysis of ONGOs’ Registrations and Temporary Activities
A detailed look at the statistics on overseas NGOs registering representative offices and filing temporary activities since the Overseas NGO Law came out. Complete with numerous graphs and tables.
Provincial Public Security Bureau Sponsors a Taiwanese NGO in Liaoning
Editor’s Note This report originally appeared on ChinaFile. Please find the original here. According to data from the Ministry of Public Security, the Liaoning Public Security Bureau is now serving as the Professional Supervisory Unit (PSU) for a Taiwanese NGO. This is the first time since the Foreign NGO Law went into effect in January that a public security organ has agreed to serve as a foreign NGO’s PSU. It is also notable since public security entities were not initially included in the Ministry of Public Security’s 2017 list of eligible PSUs. Interestingly, the NGO in question, the Taiwan Trade Center, has representative offices already registered in Guangdong and Sichuan provinces. …read more
Foreign NGO Law Discussed at the First U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue
Editor’s Note This report originally appeared on ChinaFile. Please find the original here. The Foreign NGO Law and civil society cooperation more generally featured at the inaugural U.S.-China Social and Cultural Dialogue on September 28. As described in the U.S. statement on the dialogue, “Both sides discussed China’s foreign NGO management law, and concurred that it will not impede the legal activities of American NGOs in China. The United States looks forward to consultations with China on the foreign NGO management law before the end of this year.” Key in this brief mention is inclusion of the word legal, which neatly concludes that only legal activities should be permitted, without specifying which types …read more
Lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy brought to a close
The case of a man in Henan Province who brought a psychiatric hospital to court for performing forced “gay conversion therapy” on him has come to a close. The court announced its final decision on September 15th, approving the Zhumadian psychiatric hospital’s request to withdraw their appeal application over the lawsuit. In May 2016, a man named Yu Hu from Henan province decided to sue the Zhumadian psychiatric hospital which diagnosed him as having a “sexual preference disorder” without running any examination, and forced him to take medicine and receive injections in the hospital for 19 days. Yu Hu was forcibly sent to the psychiatric hospital by his wife and …read more
“Measures for the Management of Charitable Trusts” released
The China Banking Regulatory Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) have jointly issued the “Measures for the Management of Charitable Trusts” (MMCT), marking the basic establishment of the regulatory system for China’s charity trusts. The official news briefing by the MCA explains that the regulation was released “in order to implement the Party’s central strategy, standardise charitable trusts, protect the legitimate rights and interests of charitable trust parties, and promote the development of philanthropy”. The “Charity Law”, which was passed in the fourth meeting of the 12th National People’s Congress, dedicated one chapter to charitable trusts, demonstrating the importance of the trust system in the development of philanthropy …read more
Chinese man wins lawsuit over forced gay conversion therapy
A man in Henan province has recently won a legal battle against a psychiatric hospital for the forced gay conversion therapy it performed on him. The man, surnamed Yu, was forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Zhumadian by his wife and relatives in 2015, after his wife discovered he was gay. The hospital took Yu in and diagnosed him with “sexual preference disorder” without running through an examination. Yu was forced to take medicine and receive injections for 19 days before his friends and LGBT activists helped him to get out. Six months later Yu decided to sue the psychiatric hospital, and the case was filed on June 13th, …read more
The Ford Foundation and other 14 overseas NGOs register in Beijing
Beijing’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) has awarded registration credentials and chief representative certificates to the Beijing representative offices of 15 overseas NGOs on June 30th. In addition to the Ford Foundation, other organizations registered included Give2Asia (USA), the Asia Foundation (USA), the Caterpillar Foundation (USA), the Environmental Defense Fund (USA), the Motion Picture Association of America, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Switzerland), the Pacific Asia Travel Association (USA), the United States Information Technology Office, the China Cable Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong), the World Trade Centers Association, the Japan-China Investment Promotion Organization (Japan), the Japan Iron and Steel Federation and the Korean Film Council. Officials from the Ministry …read more
Hong Kong NGOs Registering in Mainland China: an Analysis
This article presents a detailed analysis of how Hong Kong NGOs have fared in registering and running temporary activities in Mainland China since the Overseas NGO Law was implemented.
The Comprehensive List of Overseas NGOs Registered in China
The complete list of overseas NGOs that have succeeded in registering a representative office in China since the Overseas NGO Law came out.
Amendment passed to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law
An amendment to China’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law was passed in the beginning of July. The law originally went into effect in 2003, aiming to mitigate the damage that construction projects cause the environment and promote the coordinated development of the economy, society and nature. Although it has played a positive role in the prevention of pollution and ecological damage, some loopholes in the legislation have also made themselves evident over the 13 years it has been in place, and calls for a revision were longstanding. The amendment includes a couple of salient points. First of all, the administrative requirements for EIAs have been weakened. Before it was amended, the …read more
China’s rules on freeing captive wild animals and using animal products as medicine amended
An amendment to China’s Wild Animal Protection Law was voted through in the 21st session of the twelfth NPC standing committee. The top two issues addressed by the amendment are whether the products of wild animals under key protection in China can be used as medicine, and the rules about freeing captive wild animals. The Wild Animal Protection Law was officially enacted in March 1989, and since then it has been amended twice in 2004 and 2009, but these amendments only concerned some specific changes in the phrasing. This year’s amendments on the other hand are more substantial. Zhai Yong, the director of the Act Office of the Environmental and …read more