NGOs given le­gal pow­ers, support

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Supreme Peo­ple’s Court has in­tro­duced new mea­sures to pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal NGOs with stronger le­gal support and greater power to sue those who vi­o­late the coun­try’s En­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion laws. The move comes after some en­vi­ron­men­tal cases were re­jected by the courts be­cause of strin­gent re­quire­ments on NGOs to prove they were legally rec­og­nized. The new ju­di­cial in­ter­pre­ta­tion means NGOs with no ad­min­is­tra­tive or crim­i­nal con­vic­tions over the past five years can now lodge pub­lic-in­ter­est law­suits re­lat­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment. NGOs will also be al­lowed to sue com­pa­nies or in­di­vid­u­als, ir­re­spec­tive of where they are regis­tered.

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