» 03/22/2007, 00.00
Illegal land-grabs up
Nearly 100,000 hectares of farmland was expropriated last year, 76 per cent more than in the previous year. The central government appears impotent against abuses by local officials and business people.
Wen Jiabao against seizures, Ni Yulan goes to trial
China’s premier defends farmers’ right to a fair compensation for seized land. However, Ni Yulan, who defended Beijing residents against pre-Olympic land grabs, could be jailed for “creating a disturbance”. After spending time in prison where she was beaten, she is now disabled and homeless following the demolition of her home.
Law against "forced demolitions" in the pipeline
After a long series of popular protests, Beijing is studying a law which "better" defends citizens' rights and admits: "In some cases, the rights of the population have been infringed".
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.
14/03/2004 china - npc
Amendments on private property and human rights accepted
The Communist Party remains the ruling party
Npc: in the end China opts for private property
Despite attempts by radical communists to obstruct it; the property law defending private investments, houses and lands has been presented. But the problem of overseeing its application remains. The Church also awaits the restitution of its rightful properties.
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