January 9, 2008
Move to arrest journalist sparks backlash in China
That's the headline of this interesting story from the Washington Post, which begins:
Government officials from a county in northeastern China's Liaoning province were not pleased by a magazine story criticizing their local Communist Party leader. So they traveled nearly 500 miles to Beijing seeking to arrest the author.
January 8, 2008
Congressional-Executive Commission on China seeks interns
Here's the announcement. Note the following:
- The application deadline for summer internships is February 1, 2008.
- Applicants must be US citizens.
- Pay is $10/hour.
- Typically interns are undergrads or grad students, but it's not a requirement.
- Fall and spring internships are part-time (about 15-20 hours a week). Summer internships are full-time (32-40 hours a week).
- Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on websites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus.
January 7, 2008
Sky News video report on petitioning and land requisitioning
Here's an interesting Sky News report on petitioning and land requisitioning. It includes some amazing footage of a pitched battle in a village between enforcers and residents. Thanks to China Digital Times for the reference.
January 6, 2008
Top ten legal news stories of 2007
The China Court Net (中国法院王), the People's Net (人民网), and CCTV International (央视国际) have collaborated to produce lists of last year's top ten legal news stories, law cases, and people in the legal news. Here's their list of top ten legal news stories. Some of them might seem less than earthshaking, but I'm only the reporter. Readers are encouraged to add their own stories in the comments. (Remember that comments don't get published immediately, so don't worry if you don't see yours right away.)
- Hu Jintao's Oct. 15, 2007 report to the 17th Party Congress stresses the rule of law, mentioning terms such as "law," "rule of law," and "according to law" no fewer than 85 times.
- Property Law (Law on Real Rights) (物权法) goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2007.
- Labor Contract Law (劳动合同法) passed on June 29, 2007.
- Death penalty review power fully re-centralized back to Supreme People's Court as of Jan. 1, 2007.
- Cabinet-level State Bureau for the Prevention of Corruption (国家预防腐败局) established on Sept. 13, 2007.
- State Administration of Industry and Commerce leads crackdown on illegal sex toys, sex medicines, and associated advertising (Nov. 2007).
- Slavery in Shanxi brick kilns (山西黑砖窑) exposed in May 2007.
- The story of the Chongqing "nail household" (钉子户) hits the media in March 2007.
- Lanzhou municipal authorities issue controversial order on June 25 putting a ceiling on the price of beef noodles (牛肉面).
- Pregnant woman Li Liyun (李丽云) dies in hospital because husband refuses to sign consent and hospital refuses to operate without it (Nov. 2007).