Ten rights lawyers petitioned a key National People's Congress commission yesterday, calling for legitimising same-sex marriage on the mainland, ahead of today's annual International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.Friday, 17 May, 2013, 4:49am
Pan-democrats have launched a petition urging Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah to start spending Hong Kong's HK$1.38 trillion in reserves on tackling social problems.4 Mar 2013 - 5:08am
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 plea for a popular mayor to remain in office.14 Feb 2013 - 4:00pm 1 comment
Drop in number of new private flats unsold
The number of new private flats unsold stood at 59,000 at the end of last month, a drop of 6,000 from the end of the previous quarter, a Housing Department survey shows. Better sales and a construction slowdown caused the drop, the department said. Developers sold 4,000 homes in the last quarter.20 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
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 in society.8 Jan 2005 - 12:00am
More transparent procedures included in draft amendments
The central government will soon announce reforms to the petition system, hoping a more transparent approach will ease tensions in a society divided by rampant corruption and social injustices.17 Nov 2004 - 12:00am
Authorities appear to be fed up with endless petitions
Seven Hebei province petitioners have been jailed for up to 51/2 years for breaking into government offices during a protest over a land dispute.
Observers say the sentencing shows the authorities' patience has run out amid a rising number of petition cases, particularly in relation to land disputes.29 Oct 2004 - 12:00am