Jailed for dodging a bus ticket one year ago

| August 14th, 2011

From Tianya:

Petitioning in the People’s Republic of China, also known as letters and calls, in Chinese as xìnfǎng(信访);  or shàngfǎng(上访), is the administrative system for hearing complaints and grievances from individuals. It’s a form of extrajudicial action that can trace its origins to the imperial days. When a petitioner feels that his problem cannot be solved by the local legal authorities, he will appeal to the higher authorities for help. It’s generally taken as a way to lodge complaints against […]Read more…

Harvard graduate Julie’s Petitioning in China

| December 16th, 2009

Petitioning in the People’s Republic of China, also known as letters and calls, in Chinese as xìnfǎng(信访);  or shàngfǎng(上访), is the administrative system for hearing complaints and grievances from individuals. Under the system, State Bureau for Letters and Calls (国家信访局) and local bureaus of letters and calls (“petitioning bureaus”) are commissioned to receive letters, calls, and visits from individuals or groups on suggestions, complaints, and grievances. The officers then channel the issues to respective departments and monitor the progress of […]Read more…