Weekly Civil Society News, May 11 – May 17

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NGOs have a unique strength in promoting disaster prevention
Deyang Daily 德阳日报, May 12, 2013
Interview with Zhou Wenguo of the Qinba Rural Development Research Center, concerning the role of NGOs disaster relief and prevention efforts.
Investigation of fake donations: donors "contract" charity organizations to avoid tax
China Business 中国经营报, May 13, 2013
Discusses transparency and accountability of NGOs, while mentioning a lack of adequate government supervision concerning NGO activity.
Peng Jianmei: It is extremely necessary to explore charity organizations’ internal communication mechanisms and government collaboration mechanisms
Xinhua 新华网, May 13, 2013 
Xinhua speaks with China Charity Federation Vice-Chairman Peng Jianmei, One Foundation Secretary-General Yang Peng, Tsinghua School of Public Policy and Management Director Deng Guosheng about the function that NGOs play in disaster relief.
Social organizations evaluations will consider success of Party-building work
社会组织考核评级 要看党建工作成绩
By Liu Jialin 刘嘉麟, Southern Daily 南方日报, May 13, 2013
Discusses plans by the Foshan Party Committee to formally include Party-building work in annual evaluations of social organizations.
The "disappeared" disabled persons of Qingchuan
By Xing Xiaowen/Wen Yangyang 邢晓雯/王洋漾, Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报, May 13, 2013
Explores the question of why the large number of disabled persons in towns such as Qingchuan won’t be found out in public.
Chinese Red Cross Social Supervision Committee exposed as public relations bureau; Spokesperson Wang Yong claims he has been wrongly maligned
红会社监委被爆是公关部 发言人王永称"被误伤"
Beijing Morning Post 北京晨报, May 14, 2013 
Facing accusations from internet user Zhao Xiaoyun, Chinese Red Cross Social Supervision Committee member Wang Yong responds to claims that committee members are paid, that the committee is a tool for refuting rumors, that the Chinese Red Cross supported the Chinese Brand Festival, and that there was a back story behind committee vice-president Zhao Baige’s selection among the Top Ten Brand Women.
Mom, dad: I'm gay!
Guizhou Metropolis Daily 贵州都市报, May 14, 2013
Describes a "talkfest" held by Guizhou’s PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter.
Healthy environment vital, says white paper
By An Baijie, China Daily, May 15, 2013
Environmental protection was an entire chapter for the first time in the central government's white paper on human rights progress.
They are female college students; They speak out for lesbians
她们是女大学生 她们为女同发声
Southern Metropolis Daily 南方都市报, May 15, 2013
Profiles several female university students who are involved in a Chinese lesbian NGO.
The One Foundation's path to professionalism
Global Entrepreneur 环球企业家网站, May 15, 2013
Describes the ways in which the One Foundation has distinguished itself with efforts to professionalize its operations.
From Wenchuan to Lushan; NGOs explore new models of disaster relief
从汶川到芦山 民间慈善组织探索救灾新模式
Xinhua 新华网, May 15, 2013
Explores the role of NGOs in the latest disaster relief efforts, highlighting increased professionalism but noting the lack of effective channels of communication with the government.
Xu Yongguang: Investigation of charity organization tax policy
Tencent Public Welfare 腾讯公益, May 15, 2013
Detailed explanation of the irrational and burdensome nature of NGO and foundation tax policy.
53 social organizations in Dongguan obtain tax exemptions
Southern Daily 南方日报, May 16, 2013
Dongguan began allowing tax exemptions for social organizations in 2010, and since 2011, municipal-level social organizations which have registered with the municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, and which meet 9 conditions, are eligible to apply for tax exemption.
Innovating social organization construction and management
By Nie Yangfei, Shi Liang 聂扬飞 石亮, 中安在线, May 17, 2013
The Anhui government recently issued suggestions for strengthening and innovating social organization construction and management, which detail plans to enact direct registration and further distinction of society and government powers for social organizations, excluding legal, religious, and international organizations.
Fujian concludes its first environmental pollution public interest lawsuit
By Wu Yadong 吴亚东, Legal Daily 法制日报, May 17, 2013
The first public interest pollution case in Fujian, concerning a pig farmer causing environmental damage to the surrounding area, may support the fears of some legal experts that environmental courts will focus on small-scale producers rather than targeting large factories and corporations.
China's age of public welfare has arrived
Southern Weekend 南方周末, May 17, 2013
A detailed look at the development of Chinese NGOs over the past 25 years, emphasizing crucial turning points such as the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.
2003 – 2013: Ten years of the "Yunfest" documentary exhibition
By Yang Yuwei, Yang Shuaibin, and Ru Haixia 杨雨薇 杨帅斌 汝海霞, Yunnan Information Report 云南信息报, May 17, 2013
Recounts the last ten years of groundbreaking and influential documentary exhibition Yunfest, which was canceled this year due to government pressure.

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