Josephine Ma

Women now rule the roost down on the farm

As men swarm to cities for work, 53pc of soil tillers are female, census finds

Saturday, 23 February, 2008, 12:00am

Wife of academic hopes for amnesty

Qu Liqiu, the wife of jailed mainland academic Lu Jianhua, hopes the mainland authorities will grant an amnesty to her husband following a call by freed journalist Ching Cheong for an amnesty in the year of the Olympics.

'I hope more people, especially those who are innocent, will be given an amnesty,' Mrs Qu said. 'Of course I hope Lu Jianhua will be freed, too.'

22 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Aid to struggling children's refuge blocked

A choking stench fills the air of a home for abandoned, disabled children in Jinzhou in Hebei province .

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Trafficker admits to selling 3,000 labourers in three years

Human-trafficking is a lucrative trade in Henan province , according to an investigative report broadcast by state television last year, with as many as 3,000 labourers duped or abducted and sold to brick kilns and mines through just a single trafficker in the previous three years.

20 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Lower-level courts face bankruptcy when fees are slashed

Many lower-level courts may be bankrupted when a regulation halving court fees comes into effect next month, deputies to the National People's Congress warn.

The State Council last year announced a rule to cut the fees in half from April 1 in an attempt to encourage poor people to settle disputes within the legal system.

15 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Children pay hefty price as parents wage weary battle to correct injustices

Guo Yanzou , 49, knows well that his son's life has been ruined by petitioning. But he now has a new cause - to save his son.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Feisty Aids activist cuts lonely figure in Beijing

Gao Yaojie shrugs off family fears as she takes first step to collecting US award

For 79-year-old Gao Yaojie, the journey from Zhengzhou to Beijing yesterday was not just a one-hour flight.

It took her 20 days of virtual house arrest and a heartbreaking week to finally arrive in the capital.

23 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Land-protection policy meaningless, says villager

Farmer left a cripple and penniless after fight for justice

Former village party boss Pang Shaohai says the agricultural polices announced by the central government over the past two years may sound appealing, but they mean nothing to him.

15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Beijing ordered pay-off in legal tussle over book

Authors shocked at secret instruction to settle with party boss

Beijing has forced a publisher to compensate a local official who sued the authors of the internationally acclaimed book An Investigation of Chinese Peasants and the publishing house to avoid the embarrassment of a court handing down a verdict in the case.

30 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The rights of farmers trampled, survey finds

Violations of farmers' rights are rampant at the local level, prompting a scholar to call for a law to improve the protection of their civil and economic rights.

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

On the table: fines for breaking news

Mainland media outlets will face fines ranging from 50,000 to 100,000 yuan if they break news on emergencies such as natural disasters without authorisation, according to a draft law being reviewed by the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

26 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Factory shake-up bid to close income gap

Chongqing is grouping and relocating its factories and universities to dozens of industrial parks and a university city, to help catch up with the east and narrow the urban-rural income gap.

27 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Land grabs should be punished: Wen

Premier admits local officials have violated the law

Local officials who illegally seize farmland should be severely punished, Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday, pledging that the rights farmers enjoyed under the household responsibility system will never change.

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Delegates do their best to dodge hungry press pack

Setting foot inside the Great Hall of the People for the annual NPC meeting can be a nerve-racking experience for government ministers, with journalists ready to pounce during probably the only time of the year they can freely ask the officials questions.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Plan put for museum on Cultural Revolution

A proposal to build a Cultural Revolution Museum has been submitted to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference by 48 top scientists and writers in the run-up to the 40th anniversary of the start of the tumultuous period.

The group also sought relaxed controls governing writing and research on the topic, one of the most sensitive in the history of China.

13 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

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