» 03/02/2007, 00.00
Human rights groups doubt ‘laojiao’ abolished
Changes to the system of ‘re-education through labour’ and prison without trial will help minor offenders, not political and religious prisoners. Even then, proposed reform remains in doubt.
New laws on state secrecy and military power in case of crises
The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approves new legislation. Few changes are envisaged. Civilian and military authorities see their powers strengthened. Beijing is hard pressed to control rising social unrest.
25/08/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
As mainland officials to discuss Hong Kong's future, Occupy Central prepares "waves" of protests
The National People's Congress Standing Committee is set to decide during a weeklong meeting how to pick the next chief executive. Pro-democracy advocates want universal suffrage; Beijing wants a committee to vet candidates, who must be "patriotic" and not opposed to the central government. The Occupy Central movement of the police are preparing for the demonstrations.
29/08/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG
As Beijing gets its draft for Hong Kong "democracy" ready, democrats pledge to boycott it
The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress praises the draft rejected by the Occupy Central movement. Even the most flexible democrats will not vote for it. There are fears of social unrest.
Economy and Maoist slogans at the CP Central Committee
The 370-member Communist Party Central Committee gets underway tomorrow. Participants must pick 25 candidates for the Politburo and 9 for the Standing Committee, China’s de facto government. Unless there is some last minute surprise, Vice President Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Li Keqiang should be elected.
Beijing admits to "widespread" violations against workers
Local governments, lazy and negligent, and unscrupulous entrepreneurs have come under fire. More than 80% of small and medium-sized enterprises do not give work contracts and often do not pay out wages.
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