May 1, 2011
Several important changes to China's laws came into effect on May 1, 2011, addressing such things as which crimes deserve the death penalty and appropriate punishments for producers of tainted food as well as bringing in harsher sentences for people who drink and drive.
China's newly revised Criminal Law has a shorter list of crimes that can be punished by death - 55 now instead of the previous 68, which highlights "the respect for life and the protection for human rights" in the country.
China's newly amended Road Traffic Safety Law now states that drunk drivers will have their driver's licenses revoked upon conviction. Drivers found guilty of drunk driving charges will have to wait five years to apply for new licenses.
The amendment also says that drunk drivers may have their licenses permanently revoked if they cause a serious accident.
Benzoyl peroxide and calcium peroxide, two flour additives that are commonly used to 'bleach' food, will be prohibited as of May 1, according to a notice jointly released by seven ministry-level departments.
Flour and related products produced before that date will be allowed for sale until their shelf life expires.
The document said that China's improved grain processing methods have removed the need for the additives.
May 4, 2011
The adjustment was in line with the hike in daily wages across the country, according to the circular.
Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday showed that the average annual wage of the workers in urban non-private sectors increased 13.5 percent to 37,147 yuan in 2010, or 142.33 yuan (21.92 U.S. dollars) each workday.
April 28,2015 By:Chinahumanrights.org