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Timeline: Chronology of Key Events in the Legal System

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The 1950s

 

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1950: New marriage law bans polygamy and arranged marriages. Tries to strengthen women's status.

 

The 1960s

 

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1966-1976: During Cultural Revolution China's jurisdiction essentially ceases to operate.

 

The 1970s

 

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1979: First modern environmental legislation in China.

 

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1979, July: New Criminal Code becomes effective, legally banning torture and physical punishment of suspects.

 

The 1980s

 

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1982, Dec.: The Fifth National People's Congress adopts a new constitution for China. External Link

 

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1986: The Sixth National People's Congress adpots new Civil Law of the People's Republic of China. External Link

 

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1986-1995: Addministrative regulations of 1986 and 1996 allow forced labor camps for re-education (laodong jiaoyang). The New York Times, 2005

 

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2000: Government consolidates Internet regulations for mainland China. External Link TIME, Financial Times, New York Times, Wikipedia

 

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2007, March: New landmark law on urban land use adopted by National People's Congress. External Link Xinhua, AP

 

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2007, Nov.-2008: Yahoo! accused of having provided information that led to imprisonment of civil rights activist in China. External Link

 

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2010, May: China reiterates ban of evidence obtained under torture. External Link BBC-News

 

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2010, July: Chongqing's director of the municipal Judical Bureau, Wen Qiang, is executed for corruption. External Link Xinhua, 7 July 2010

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