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China’s central authority bans interception of petitions


Ma Kai

Ma Kai

Politburo member Ma Kai, secretary general of the State Council and Chief of State for the Bureau of Letters and Calls, disclosed yesterday at a TV and telephone conference that supervision and guidance will be intensified this year to resolutely put an end to all the malpractices of “intercepting and blocking common people’s normal petition calls”.

Ma said that officials should regard the people who come to petition as their family members, and the issues raised by them as family affairs.

The national TV and telephone conference of chiefs of bureaus of letters and calls was held yesterday in Beijing. The conference disclosed that the total numbers of letters and calls in the country dropped by 11%, a reduction for eight years in a row. This year, priority will be given to the work of leading cadres at city and county levels going down to receive letters and calls so as to resolve problems on the spot at grass roots level.

In China, many petitioners visited the departments of letters and calls at higher levels everyday to appeal for redress of wrongs.

In order to prevent petitioners from reporting their complaints and grievances to the upper levels, many local governments send “petition interceptors” to intercept those petitioners and bring them back to the places of their residence by force. “Petition interceptors” even resort to violence in doing so, and are often denounced for that.

Ma Kai, who is expected to be appointed a vice premier soon, stressed yesterday that the system of letters and calls had to be further perfected to “really regard the mass of people as family members, letters from them as family letters, the issues raised by them as family affairs and the work for them as family work so as to satisfy their demands by various means.”

Since the new team of party leaders took over, they have said that they will conduct reforms in the household registration, reeducation through labour and letters and calls systems. They first announced last week that the reeducation through labour system will be abolished within this year.

Sources: Singtao Daily, SCMP
 
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3 thoughts on “China’s central authority bans interception of petitions

  1. Reblogged this on Chindia Alert: forewarned is forearmed and commented:
    Central government appears determined to let the people’s voice be heard and not censored by local authorities. Good news – if enforced.

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    Posted by keeper @ chindia-alert | January 14, 2013, 7:45 pm
  2. President Hu Jintao, if you seek peace, tear up that map.

    Flashback:

    “Now, the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom.

    We hear much from Moscow about a policy of reform and openness.

    Some political prisoners are being released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from State control.

    Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet State? Or are they token gestures intended to raise false hopes in the West or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it?

    We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together—that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace.

    There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.

    General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate [25 second applause]. Mr. Gorbachev, Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!

    I understand the fear of war and the pain of division that afflict this continent. And I pledge to you my country’s efforts to help overcome these burdens—to be sure we in the West must resist Soviet expansion. So, we must maintain defensed of unassailable strength. Yet, we seek peace. So, we must strive to reduce arms on both sides.”

    – President Ronald Reagan, June 12, 1987

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    Posted by Jesse Steele | January 16, 2013, 2:13 am

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