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  1. Petition reforms a bid to ease social tensions

    Posted Nov 17th 2004, 12:00am by Josephine Ma

    ... Josephine Ma in Beijing More transparent procedures included in draft amendments The central government will soon announce reforms to the petition system, hoping a more transparent ... into Beijing over the past year. President Hu Jintao ordered an overhaul of the petition system about three months ago to prevent social tensions from snowballing, according to sources. A draft ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Parents petition government as minister refuses meetings over loss of kindergarten's premises

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 06:36pm by Johnny Tam and Shirley Zhao

    ... an audience with Eddie Ng Hak-kim for about half an hour at the Education Bureau's New Territories West regional education office after they petitioned outside the government headquarters. ...


    Wang Guangya responds to pro-democrat petitions with copies of the Basic Law

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 04:44pm by JEFFIE LAM

    ... and Macau Affairs Office passing out copies of the Basic Law in exchange for pro-democracy petitions Lawmakers’ long-anticipated meeting with state officials over political reform began with sparks on Sunday as Beijing’s point man for Hong Kong affairs handed out copies of the city’s mini-constitution in response to those legislators who handed in petitions and supporting props to press ...

  4. News - China - GOVERNMENT

    Xu Yean, deputy chief of petitions office, found hanged in Beijing office

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 04:38am by Zhang Hong

    ... Zhang Hong hong.zhang@scmp.com Xu Yean, a senior official of the bureau that handles public grievances, hangs himself at work as graft probe widens at agency Petitions deputy chief kills himself A top official with the State Bureau for Letters and Calls, which handles petitions, committed suicide in his Beijing office, mainland media reported. Xu Yean, 58, a deputy head ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Hong Kong's Ukrainians petition Russia's consul for peace in Crimea

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 03:01am by Lana Lam

    ... Lana Lam lana.lam@scmp.com Ukrainians make plea for peace back home Russia's top diplomat in Hong Kong has received a petition from the city's small but active Ukrainian ... biggest city- and moved to Hong Kong in 2008 with her English husband. She is part of a group of eight Ukrainians who put the petition together and will organise the protest. "It was very ...

  6. News - China - PETITIONS

    China stresses rule of law in reform of age-old petitions system

    Posted Feb 26th 2014, 11:41am by Reuters in Beijing

    ... Reuters in Beijing Beijing moves to establish closer control over ancient tradition of petitioning senior officials over local grievances China has issued new guidelines to strictly enforce the rule of law for those exercising an ancient tradition of seeking justice through petitions to higher authorities, as the central government tightens its grip on a system often marred ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - SOCIETY

    Pro-Beijing group starts petition welcoming mainland visitors to Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 23rd 2014, 05:03pm by Ernest Kao

    ... Ernest Kao ernest.kao@scmp.com A pro-government, pro-Beijing group started a petition to welcome mainland tourists to the city on Sunday afternoon, just blocks away from a group calling for their numbers to be curbed. The Voice of Loving Hong Kong collected signatures from tourists and locals near a Mong Kok transit point for mainland tour groups. The group’s chairman, Patrick Ko Tat-bun, ...

  8. News - China

    Datong residents kneel down to plea for mayor to stay on

    Posted Feb 14th 2013, 03:46pm by Chris Luo

    ... While it is not unusual to see villagers in China sometimes kneeling to petition for their rights or to seek justice from senior officials, Datong residents have gone down on their knees ... to the streets to petition for Geng to remain mayor, chinanews.com reported. In video clips and photos uploaded online, people are shown carrying posters saying: “Please stay, Mayor Geng,” and “Datong ...

  9. Courts may be shielded from petitions

    Posted Jan 08th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Fang Beijing plans to exclude grievances against courts from its petition system, in what critics say is a regressive move. The change is one of several proposed amendments to the petition law, being drawn up as part of the central government's bid to reform the complaints system. The reform had prompted hopes of a more transparent approach to the easing of tensions ...

  10. News - China - PROTEST

    Wheelchair-bound petitioner blows himself up in meeting with officials

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by S

    ... worker Qu Huaqiang, had spent years petitioning for extra compensation for a work-related spinal injury he suffered in a crane accident in 1994 that left him partially paralysed. Qu's ... regulations that would have entitled him to more money. He said years of petitioning had fallen on deaf ears. He also wrote in a local online forum in 2007 that he could see justice being realised ...




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