Sunday, April 29, 2007

CHINA: China frames law on right to info

New government transparency rules will not go into effect until after Hu Jintao secures a second term as China's president

Times of India
Friday, April 27, 2007

Beijing --- Officials in Communist China have enjoyed the security of secrecy for decades. But now, the cover is about to get blown off.

President Hu Jintao's cabinet has come out with a set of new rules to infuse transparency in government. The law will be implemented starting May 1 next year.

The key to this seemingly democratic move is the delayed implementation date. The next congress of the Communist Party is expected to allow Jintao a second five-year term.

The implementation date will ensure that the political process the new rules set in motion will not unleash forces that may derail Jintao's chances for a second stint, sources said.

According to one of the rules, provincial government officials will have to disclose information about the status of land to farmers.

In cases of land acquisition, farmers will be given financial details such as the amount of compensation and the amount the government raised by selling the land to promoters of n industrial or infrastructure projects.

Thousands of Chinese farmers have been agitating against forceful land seizure and poor compensation.

Date Posted: 4/27/2007

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