Amendment II to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China
Presidential Decree No. 56
The Amendment Act (II) to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China, which was adopted at the 23rd Session of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China on August 31, 2001, is hereby promulgated and shall come into force as of the date of its promulgation.
President of the PRC: Jiang Zemin
August 31, 2001
(Adopted at the 23rd Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Ninth National People's Congress on August 31, 2001)
In order to punish the crime of land reclamation by the destruction of forests and the crime of recklessly occupying or arbitrarily using forested land as well as to earnestly protect forest resources, Article 342 of the Criminal Law is revised as follows:
"Whoever, in violation of the law or regulations on land administration, unlawfully occupies cultivated land, forestland or other farmland, and uses it for other purposes, if the area involved is relatively large and a large area of such land is damaged, shall be sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of not more than five years or criminal detention and shall also, or shall only, be fined."
This Amendment shall come into force as of the date of promulgation.