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Lawyers petition NPC commission to legalise gay marriage

Mayu Yu, 27, and Elsie Liao, 21, try to register their same-sex marriage at the Dongcheng marriage registry in Beijing, but were refused by China's marriage law. Photo: Simon Song

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

Legislators want Tsang to start spending

Dr. Fung Wai-wah, President of Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Datong residents kneel down to plea for mayor to stay on

Datong's outgoing mayor Geng Yanbo (centre). Photo: China News Agency

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

In Brief

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

Courts may be shielded from petitions

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

Petition reforms a bid to ease social tensions

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

Protest over land brings jail terms

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