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Rule by Law | No Verdict: When Chinese Sue the State, Cases Are Often Smothered

Date: December 28, 2005
Author: Joseph Kahn
QUOTE: China's legal system often hands down verdicts that the powerless consider unfair. But a bigger problem is that courts often refuse to issue any verdict at all - or even acknowledge that some bothersome legal complaints exist.

ABSTRACT: Even though Chinese citizens are legally entitled to sue the state, some have learned that bringing grievances against the state to the courts is not fruitful. The courts have erected tedious, long-winded obstacles and ultimately refuse to take any cases where citizens want to sue the state for violating their rights.

--- Kathleen Hom

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