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 to the second Charity Law draft. CDB will produce an English translation of the Charity Law by the beginning of April.
Here are some news items concerning the process of the 12th National People’s Congress discussing and approving the draft: