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Amendment  XI to the Criminal Law Adopted
On 26 Dec 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, on Saturday voted to adopt the Amendment XI to the Criminal Law.20201226
The amendment stipulates heavier criminal penalties for IPR infringements, raising the maximum prison term for trademark and copyright infringements from seven years to 10 years.710
The amendment also lowers the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 for severe crimes such as murder.If a person who has reached the age of 12 but not the age of 14 commits intentional homicide, intentionally hurts another person so as to cause death of the person, or by resorting to especially cruel means, causes severe injury to the person, reducing the person to utter disability, shall bear criminal responsibility if the Supreme People's Procuratorate decides to prosecute the crime after examination, it says.Children aged 14-16 can be held criminally liable if they commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, and drug smuggling or trafficking.12121414-16
To safeguard biosecurity, the law stipulates penalties for illegally implanting gene-edited or cloned human embryos into human bodies or animals. Convicted criminals could face up to seven years of imprisonment.The amendment will take effect on March 1, 2021.202131

10-year Yangtze fishing ban comes into effect
A 10-year fishing moratorium in all natural waterways of the Yangtze River, including its major tributaries and lakes, came into effect on Friday.The crackdown on illegal fishing should be enhanced to ensure effective implementation of the ban, Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua said at the launch ceremony of the moratorium in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on Thursday.10
Local governments in the basin and related government bodies should work together to implement the ban, which he said was "a key measure" to reverse the degradation of the Yangtze's ecosystem.""
He also emphasized resettling former fishermen and pushing for a total ban on the sale and consumption of wild fish from the river.


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Amendment  XI to the Criminal Law Adopted
On 26 Dec 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, on Saturday voted to adopt the Amendment XI to the Criminal Law.20201226
The amendment stipulates heavier criminal penalties for IPR infringements, raising the maximum prison term for trademark and copyright infringements from seven years to 10 years.710
The amendment also lowers the minimum age of criminal responsibility to 12 for severe crimes such as murder.If a person who has reached the age of 12 but not the age of 14 commits intentional homicide, intentionally hurts another person so as to cause death of the person, or by resorting to especially cruel means, causes severe injury to the person, reducing the person to utter disability, shall bear criminal responsibility if the Supreme People's Procuratorate decides to prosecute the crime after examination, it says.Children aged 14-16 can be held criminally liable if they commit serious crimes such as murder, rape, and drug smuggling or trafficking.12121414-16
To safeguard biosecurity, the law stipulates penalties for illegally implanting gene-edited or cloned human embryos into human bodies or animals. Convicted criminals could face up to seven years of imprisonment.The amendment will take effect on March 1, 2021.202131

10-year Yangtze fishing ban comes into effect
A 10-year fishing moratorium in all natural waterways of the Yangtze River, including its major tributaries and lakes, came into effect on Friday.The crackdown on illegal fishing should be enhanced to ensure effective implementation of the ban, Vice-Premier Hu Chunhua said at the launch ceremony of the moratorium in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, on Thursday.10
Local governments in the basin and related government bodies should work together to implement the ban, which he said was "a key measure" to reverse the degradation of the Yangtze's ecosystem.""
He also emphasized resettling former fishermen and pushing for a total ban on the sale and consumption of wild fish from the river.


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