Weekly Civil Society News, June 25 – July 5

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Forum aims to prevent sexual assaults against children
By Liu Xiangrui, China Daily, July 1, 2013
The Zhongze Woman-legal Aid, the Maple Women's Psychological Counseling Center, Home of Hearts Foundation under China Women's Development Foundation and China Weekly held a forum in Beijing recently to discuss how to prevent more children from sexual assault. (English)
New labor contract law implemented; temporary and official laborers to receive equal pay
新劳动合同法将实施 临时工与正式工同工同酬
By Liu Yi刘熠, Southern Daily 南方日报, July 1, 2013
A new labor contract law will hopefully improve labor conditions for temporary laborers, who are frequently denied the rights extended to full-time staff, and who are often hired as a loophole to the extant labor contract law. (Chinese)
Lesbians celebrate end of blood donation ban
By Yang Yao, China Daily, July 1, 2013
Lesbians in the cities of Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenyang and Wuhan are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the end of a ban that prohibited lesbians from donating their blood. (English)
Yao stresses transparency in charity
By Sun Xiaochen, China Daily, July 1, 2013
Despite his fading personal influence and the public's growing suspicion of the credibility of charities, Yao Ming is determined to carry out his charitable commitment. (English)
Political and legal social organizations will not benefit from reforms
By Liu Tao 刘涛, Social Resources Institute 社会资源研究所, July 1, 2013
While social organization policy reform will ease the registration process for some types of NGOs, political and legal NGOs will continue to face difficultly in registering. (English summary)
'I was tired of fooling my parents'
China Daily/Xinhua, July 2, 2013
Xiao Kai, a gay man from Henan province, finally raised the courage to tell his parents about his sexual orientation with the help of a support group that is helping many other gay Chinese come out to their friends and relatives. (English)
Website for filing complaints crashes temporarily
An Baijie, China Daily, July 2, 2013
The State Bureau for Letters and Calls had announced on Friday that its website would be able to handle complaints as of Monday. However, many netizens complained on Monday morning that they were unable to register on the bureau's website before filing online complaints. (English)
“Special NGO” should reform
By Zhu Changjun朱昌俊, Changjiang Times 长江商报, July 2, 2013
As the latest clarifications of the environmental public interest lawsuit clause of the Civil Procedure Law have clarified that the All-China Environment Federation will be the primary “NGO” able to file public interest lawsuits, many have directed their attention to urging the organization to distance itself from its government background. (Chinese)
“GONGO” charity federation’s place among the people
By Huang Yingnan 黄英男, Beijing Times 京华时报, July 2, 2013
Due to its deeply government-related background, the recently established China Charity Alliance has generated a “wait-and-see” attitude from NGOs. (English summary)
Mother's labor camp lawsuit reaches final hearing
By Wen Xinzheng, China Daily, July 3, 2013
The case of Tang Hui, a mother who claimed she was wrongfully imprisoned in the Re-education Through Labor system after protesting her daughter’s rape, concluded with a court verdict that Tang was legally incarcerated. (English)
Only empowering the All-China Environment Federation to file lawsuit is a joke
By Shu Shengxiang舒圣祥, China Consumer News中国消费者报, July 3, 2013
Discusses recent decision to limit the new environmental public interest lawsuit provision to the All-China Environment Federation, a GONGO.  (Chinese)
Pan Shiyi: Continue to oppose public interest work that depends on “luck”
By Ai Yiqing艾已晴, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, July 3, 2013
Interview with Pan Shiyi, a real estate mogul who has utilized his micro-blog to become one of the leaders opposing PM2.5 pollution. (Chinese)
Analyzing problems relating to “forced donations” and charity
Legal Education Net 法律教育网, July 4, 2013
Discusses a phenomenon in which charity is carried out not through voluntary interest but rather through pressure from work units and other agencies. (Chinese)
Wuhan contracts RMB 4,000,000 in social work services
Yangtze Commercial Times 长江商报, July 4, 2013
Wuhan just released its Wuhan Government Procurement of Social Work Services Implementation Plan, setting out standards for salary etc in procurement of professional social work services such as elderly and disabled care. (Chinese)
Is it a social organization? A foundation? An NGO? A charity “freak”
Fortune China 中国财富, July 4, 2013
Discusses the odd position of the China Charity Foundation, an organization with government backing and special privileges that is nonetheless classified as a social organization. (Chinese)
Deconstructing a month of public opinion on the Chinese Red Cross
By Pang Hurui 庞胡瑞, People’s Daily Online 人民网, July 5, 2013
Analyzes the last month’s public debate over the state of the Chinese Red Cross and the need for reform. (Chinese)
Innovative use of the public welfare fund still a major focus
Philanthropy Times  公益时报, July 5, 2013
Looks at the use of public welfare lottery funds, which are used by the Ministry of Civil Affairs and Civil Affairs Bureaus to support public welfare projects. (Chinese)
Who “kidnapped” the public interest post?
By Zhang Mingmin 张明敏, Philanthropy Times 公益时报, July 5, 2013
After three Xi’an chengguan (city management officers), who were filmed knocking an old person to the ground, were identified as filling a “public interest post,” a public debate has arisen concerning the meaning and role of such a position. (Chinese)
Qinghai Yushu Prefecture teacher Qiu Song: Change the fate of Tibetan youths
By Huang Yingnan黄英男, Beijing Times 京华时报, July 5, 2013
Qiu Song runs the Yushu Care for Life Association and school, helping youths from the Tibetan ethnic group to more effectively integrate into urban society. (Chinese)

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