Mon, April 13, 2009
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China publishes national human rights action plan

2009-04-13 02:25:28 GMT2009-04-13 10:25:28 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government published its first working plan on human rights protection Monday, pledging to further protect and improve the country's human rights conditions in an all-round way.

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010), issued by the Information Office of the State Council, or Cabinet, highlighted various human rights that would be promoted and protected in less than two years, from people's right to work, to the rights of detainees and the disabled.

Death penalty will be "strictly controlled and prudently applied," "impartial and fair trials" of litigants will be guaranteed, and the people will enjoy more rights to be informed and to be heard, the government promised.

More job opportunities will be created, per capita income will be increased, social security network will be broadened, and health care and education will become more accessible and affordable in order to guarantee the people's economic, social and cultural rights.

The document also detailed how the government will do to "guarantee human rights in the reconstruction of areas hit by the devastating earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan Province" on May 12, 2008, in which about 87,000 people were confirmed dead or missing, more than 370,000 were injured, and at least 15 million people were displaced.

"The realization of human rights in the broadest sense has been a long-cherished ideal of mankind and also a long-pursued goal of the Chinese government and people," said the document.

But the government admitted that "China has a long road ahead in its efforts to improve its human rights situation," though unremitting efforts have been made to promote and safeguard human rights since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, which "fundamentally" changed the fate of the Chinese people.

The government said the plan was framed in response to the United Nations' proposal, on the basis of past experience, "in the light of practicality and China's reality," and by following the essentials of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- A digital cultural service system covering urban and rural areas will be built with 1.115 billion yuan (about 16.4 million U.S. dollars) of state investment by 2010, said the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) released by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday.

By the end of 2010, the number of farmers' reading rooms across the country will reach 237,000, and radio and TV broadcast coverage will reach 716,600 villages each with more than 20 households where electricity is available, according to the action plan. Full story

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- In 2010, China's amount of chemical oxygen demand (COD) and the emission of sulfur dioxide will be 10 percent lower than those in 2005, said a document released by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday .

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) said that China will take an active part in international cooperation in an effort to create an environment favorable for human existence and sustainable development and build a resource-conserving and environment-friendly society to guarantee the public's environmental rights. Full story

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- China's central government will pool three billion yuan (about 44.12 U.S. dollars) of lottery earnings to support the building and operation of after-school facilities, said an action plan released by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday.

"After-school education will be expanded", according to the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). It said that every county (district) across the country will have one venue for after-school activities to guarantee the right of minors to after-school education by 2010. Full story

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The average annual disposable income of urban residents will reach 15,781 yuan (about 2,320 U.S. dollars) or more by the year 2010, said an action plan issued by the Information Office of the State Council on Monday.

The government will continue to steadily raise the incomes of rural and urban residents, especially people with middle- and low-income, and improve the system of subsistence allowances so as to ensure the right of urban and rural residents to a basic standard of living, said the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). Full story

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- In 2009 and 2010, an additional 18 million urban workers will be employed and 18 million rural laborers will move to cities or towns and find jobs there, and the state will take proactive and effective measures to offset the negative impacts of international financial crisis, and ensure the economic, social and cultural rights of all members of society. Full story

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Government will gradually increase the content of the law and human rights in courses of secondary and elementary schools. By making good use of the courses of ideological and moral Standards, China will foster students' awareness of the obligations and rights of citizens, tutoring them in the ideas of democracy, rule of law, freedom, equality, fairness and justice, as well as a healthy concept about interpersonal relations, collectivism, nation and society, according to the plan.

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