Legal reform

Protection for visitors as Tourism Law is approved

Visitors to the Palace Museum in Beijing can be assured their rights are protected under the new Tourism Law.Photo: Xinhua

Mainland lawmakers signalled a crackdown on cheap group tours yesterday when the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress approved the country's first Tourism Law.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 5:07am

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

Maoist attitude to dissent is blocking China's road to the rule of law

China has made significant progress in legal reform, but there are stubborn impediments to the rule of law. Chinese courts are still subject to political interference.

8 Apr 2013 - 2:04am 4 comments

Xi Jinping vows to uphold constitution and rule of law

Xi Jinping. Photo: AFP

Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping pledged yesterday to uphold the constitution and promote rule of law during a Politburo seminar, according to state media.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:43am

Yunnan promises end to using re-education through labour to stifle protest

Yunnan province security chief Meng Sutie.

Yunnan security chief Meng Sutie's announcement suggests a possible end to all use of re-education through labour in the province.

6 Feb 2013 - 9:53am

End of forced labour hailed, but some fear it may return in another form

The laojiao system allows the police to send people to forced labour camps for up to four years without trial.

Legal experts and rights groups welcomed reports this week about ending re-education through labour, but are concerned that another unjust punishment system will take its place as long as stability remains the Communist Party's overarching priority.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Legal reforms a 'litmus test' of Xi Jinping's commitment to change

New leader Xi Jinping has often repeated his commitment to transparency and the rule of law. Photo: Xinhua

The Communist Party's proposed reforms to the legal system, particularly one to "halt" the controversial re-education through labour system, will prove a major litmus test of new leader Xi Jinping's oft-repeated commitment to transparency and the rule of law, analysts say.

And the latest development is just a first step, they added.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Mainland leadership needs to deepen legal reform

Chen Guangcheng's case caused an uproar overseas. Photo: EPA

The past year should have been a wake-up call for the authorities: either deepen reform to strengthen the rule of law, or risk more international scandals like those involving Wang Lijun and Chen Guangcheng.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:10am