China petition site crashes after flood of complaints
July 3rd, 2013
China has launched a website where citizens may raise their public grievances, a move intended to curb the wave of petitioners who flood into Beijing. The website launched by the State Bureau of Letters and Calls Monday will help “broaden the channels” for public opinion, reports South China Morning Post. Bureau chief Shu Xiaoqin said …
China jails 10 officials for detaining petitioners in "black jails"
February 6th, 2013
Ten people have been jailed for allegedly detaining citizens trying to lodge complaints against Chinese authorities, state media said Tuesday. The defendants were sentenced to between six months and two years for illegally detaining 11 petitioners from Henan province for several days in April last year, Xinhua News Agency said. The court in Beijing said …