Law of the People's Republic of China

Crunch time

As China's Communist Party elite prepare to select the country's leadership for the coming decade, to what extent does concern for the rule of law affect their deliberations?

Wednesday, 6 June, 2012, 12:00am

Railways ministry reform under way

China's Ministry of Railways has been stripped of its powers to hear transport cases in its own courts.

In a move welcomed by critics of the ministry's power, the jurisdiction of the China Court of Railway Transportation has been transferred to local governments.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Third of China's city-dwellers are still second class citizens

It made headlines around the world at the beginning of this year when government statisticians announced that more than half of China's 1.35 billion people now live in the cities.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Champion of change

Last week, within 24 hours, China's National People's Congress enacted a revised Criminal Procedure Law and its Communist Party ousted a rising political star. Superficially, the two events seemed unconnected. Yet they are linked.

23 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

We're a long way from the last resort

When in doubt, seek a mainland interpretation of the Basic Law. That seems to be standard for former justice chief Elsie Leung Oi-sie. We should be thankful she is no longer in charge of the city's legal department.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hukou reform plan enters final stage

Plans are afoot to introduce a nationwide residence permit system to pave the way for better access to social services for migrant workers, who were long disadvantaged under an outdated household registration scheme known as hukou.

12 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Tweaks scale back detention law

The central government has scaled back police powers in the final draft of amendments to the mainland's Criminal Procedure Law, removing some clauses that rights advocates contended would make secret detentions easier.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Migrants' children learn of education inequality

Zhang Shufu, a migrant worker from Gushi county, Henan, considers himself lucky that he did not have to send his children back to his hometown after their school in Beijing closed in 2010.

6 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Migrant workers closer to city residency rights

The central government has revealed criteria that could allow the country's 200 million or so migrant workers to become full residents of medium-sized cities, but critics say the change is too small to address growing social problems.

25 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Petitioners languish for weeks in Beijing 'black jail'

The three petitioners from the central province of Hunan were held in Beijing for more than a month in a 'black jail' linked to their local government despite a crackdown on such secret detention facilities.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

[Giving birth] was very painful, but when I saw her face, I felt very touched. I told myself that it was worth going through all that pain

Li Yuanna, who gave birth to daughter Pak Sze-nga on New Year's Day

I received the decision letter this morning saying Gao Zhisheng is in Shaya prison in Xinjiang

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Missing dissident back in prison

Gao Zhisheng, a dissident lawyer whose 20-month disappearance drew international condemnation, has been sent back to prison by a Beijing court, state media reported.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing Blitz takes aim at notorious 'black jails'

Beijing police are cracking down on security firms that profit from illegally detaining petitioners trying to air their grievances in the capital.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Open information law will be overhauled, judge says

Almost half of all lawsuits applying for the release of government-held information have been rejected by mainland courts in the three years since legislation meant to give access came into force, according to a senior judge who helped draft the law.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Law's protectors

In mainland China, when criminal investigators take someone into custody, there is no timely way to effectively challenge their misconduct. Suspects are usually detained throughout investigations. Torture during interrogation, although banned, is rife.

23 Nov 2011 - 12:00am