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1950: New marriage law bans polygamy and arranged marriages. Tries to strengthen women's status.
1966-1976: During Cultural Revolution China's jurisdiction essentially ceases to operate.
1979: First modern environmental legislation in China.
1979, July: New Criminal Code becomes effective, legally banning torture and physical punishment of suspects.
1982, Dec.: The Fifth National People's Congress adopts a new constitution for China.
1986: The Sixth National People's Congress adpots new Civil Law of the People's Republic of China.
1986-1995: Addministrative regulations of 1986 and 1996 allow forced labor camps for re-education (laodong jiaoyang).
2000: Government consolidates Internet regulations for mainland China.
2007, March: New landmark law on urban land use adopted by National People's Congress.
2007, Nov.-2008: Yahoo! accused of having provided information that led to imprisonment of civil rights activist in China.
2010, May: China reiterates ban of evidence obtained under torture.
2010, July: Chongqing's director of the municipal Judical Bureau, Wen Qiang, is executed for corruption.
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