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What is summarized as "harmony is of paramount importance" is a most prominent philosophical approach embraced by China's Confucian culture. This is an extension of the approach summarized as "the people are of paramount importance." It calls for harmonious human relations, obliging one to respect others' rights and interests while protecting the rights and interests of one's own. Harmony as a philosophical approach manifests itself, in many ways, in the realm of human rights in China today. To name just a few: the country's political system of multi-party cooperation under the leadership ...
The right to social security is the basic right of citizens of a country. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which came into effect for China on June 27, 2001, stipulates in its Article 9 that "the States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to social security, including social insurance." It also says in its Article 2 (1) that "each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps, individually and through international assistance and co-operation, especially economic and technical, to the maximum of its available ...
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The year 2003 was an important and unusual year for China's development. It was also a year of great, landmark significance for progress in human rights in the country. In 2003, the Chinese government did a good job in tackling the sudden outbreak of SARS and curbing its spread, as well as in tackling frequent natural disasters. Persisting in taking economic construction as its central task, and striving for the coordinated development of material, political and spiritual civilizations, ...
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China first included an article "the State respects and preserves human rights" in its Constitution amended in 2004, marking a milestone in China's human rights development.
The year 2004 is an important year for China in building a well-off society in an all-round way. It is also a year that saw all-round progress in China's human rights undertakings. In that year, China expressly stated in its Constitution that "The state respects and safeguards human rights," further manifesting the essential requirements of the socialist system. The Chinese government pressed forward on promoting administrationaccording to law in an all-round way...
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Democracy is an outcome of the development of political civilization of mankind. It is also the common desire of people all over the world. Democracy of a country is generated internally, not imposed by external forces. In the course of their modern history, the Chinese people have waged unrelenting struggles and made arduous ...
China is a developing country with the largest population in the world. Of its total population of 1.3 billion, women account for about half. Therefore, the promotion of gender equality and the overall development of women is not only of great significance for China's development, it also has a special influence on the efforts for the advancement of mankind.
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At the end of the 20th century, the proportion of people aged 60 and above in China accounted for over ten percent of the entire population, and thus, according to the generally acknowledged international standard, the age structure of Chinese population has entered the ageing stage. The ageing of China's population accelerated in the first years of the new century. By the end of 2005, there were close to 144 million people over the age of 60 in China, accounting for 11 percent of its entire population.
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The State Council Information Office published on Thursday a white paper entitled China's Political Party System. The document, composed of seven chapters and one appendix, describes that the political party system China has adopted is multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the Communist Party of China and it plays an irreplaceable role in the country's political and social life.
The political party system is an important component of modern democratic politics. What kind of political party system to adopt in a country is determined by the nature, national conditions and social development of that given country. The diversity of political party systems in different countries reflects the diversity of human civilizations. The political party system China has adopted is multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) (hereinafter "multi-party cooperation system") ...
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Chinese President Hu Jintao has vowed the Chinese people will, as always, work together with the international community to promote healthy development of the human rights cause in the world. Hu made the remarks in a letter to the China Society for Human Rights Studies on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He said China will strengthen international cooperation, as it has always done, in the human rights field to make its due contribution to the building of a harmonious world featuring lasting peace and common prosperity. China, however, will base its human rights development on the basic situation of the country while acknowledging the universal value of human rights, Hu said in the letter.
The State Council Information Office published on February 28, 2008 a white paper entitled China's Efforts and Achievements in Promoting the Rule of Law. The document, composed of eight chapters and six appendices, describes the Chinese people's protracted and unremitting struggles for democracy, freedom, equality and the building of a country under the rule of law.
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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 ...
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. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government, combining the universal principles of human rights and the concrete realities of China, has made unremitting efforts to promote and safeguard human rights.
The Chinese government Sunday released a white paper on human rights in China in 2009, highlighting the role of Internet freedom and the country's efforts in safeguarding citizens' legitimate civil and political rights. "The overall cause of human rights has been promoted in an all-round way," says the white paper, published by the State Council Information Office under the title "Progress in China's Human Rights in 2009." Chinese netizens' right to freedom of speech on the Internet was protected and the Internet has become a new channel for the Chinese government to gauge public opinion, and consequently improve its ...
The year 2009 was the most difficult one for China's economic development since the beginning of the new century. In 2009, facing the great impact of the international financial crisis, and grave and complicated economic situations, the Chinese government, sticking to the Scientific Outlook on Development characterized by putting people first, combined the countermeasures to the international financial crisis with the maintenance of a stable yet rapid economic development and the promotion of ...
China had made progress in implementing a two-year action plan on human rights since it was published in April, said Wang Chen, director of the Information Office of the State Council, Thursday. Wang made the remarks in a speech delivered at a meeting on the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010), which was released by the Information Office of the State Council on April 13 this year. "Based on the progress made, we are confident of realizing on time the goals set by the action plan," he said.
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Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday promised orphan students in the quake-hit Yushu new homes and schools while rescuers continue to battle altitude sickness in search of survivors. "There will be new homes! There will be new schools!" the president, who arrived in Yushu to inspect relief work one day after returning from a shortened overseas visit, wrote in chalk on the blackboard of a makeshift classroom. The 7.1-magnitude quake which struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu Wednesday morning has left at least 1,706 dead, 256 missing and 12,128 injured, as of 10 a.m. Sunday.
The People's Republic of China Tort Liability Law, which was adopted at the Twelfth Session of the Standing Committee of the Eleventh National People's Congress on December 26, 2009, became effective for implementation on July 1, 2010. Back in 2000, a draft of the law underwent initial examination by the NPC Standing Committee. Seven years had passed before the draft became law through four examinations by the NPC Standing Committee. A landmark law in China's legal system, it is seen as a comprehensive legal instrument designed to effectively deal with torts that have become increasingly diverse in form and great in scale as China's modernization endeavor keeps gathering momentum.
Chinese government submitted a report on the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This was China's second submission to UN on this issue. The report comprehensively introduced the achievements China had obtained in protecting people's economic, social and cultural rights in recent years, and it also responded to the questions UN institutions raised after China's first submission. Submitting its first report on the covenant to the UN in June of 2003, China joined the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in 2001, which is one of the most
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In April 2009, after being approved by the State Council, the Information Office of the State Council published National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) (hereinafter referred to as the Action Plan). It is China's first national plan on the theme of human rights, and serves as a policy document for advancing China's human rights in a comprehensive way. It is an important move to implement the constitutional principle of respecting and safeguarding human rights, and to promote sustainable development and social harmony. It is also a solemn commitment to the world made by the Chinese government on human rights.
The Blue Book of China's Human Rights (2011), annual report of China's Human Rights was released by China Society for Human Rights Studies on Thursday in Beijing. This was the first time that the Chinese civil organization issued a comprehensive human rights report and the society said it will publish an annual report every year. The book details the experiences and lessons in the development of human rights in China, analyzes existing problems, and suggests the way to further improve the situation of human rights protection.
China respects and upholds human rights, and China's Constitution has comprehensive stipulations on the fundamental rights and freedoms of the citizens, says a white paper titled "The Socialist System of Laws with Chinese Characteristics" issued on Thursday. The state has promulgated a series of laws and regulations and has developed a comparatively complete legal system to protect human rights, according to the white paper issued by the Information Office of the State Council.
The Chinese government on Wednesday unveiled a white paper on its poverty reduction efforts in the past decade, highlighting achievements and challenge for China to bring common prosperity to its more than 1.3 billion people. The white paper, titled New Progress in Development-oriented Poverty Reduction Program for Rural China, was released by the State Council Information Office. The white paper introduces China's policies, achievements, special programs, social involvement and international cooperation in the fight against poverty.
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Hu urged efforts to deliver more benefits to the people, relieving people's worries and fully addressing the most practical concerns to the people. New progress should be made in education, employment, health care, retirement and housing in order to allocate more to people in a more fair way, said the president ...
After the last revision 16 years ago, China amended the Criminal Procedure Law and highlighted human rights protection, eight years after the principle was explicitly written in the Constitution. The National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliament, adopted the amendment Wednesday with overwhelming votes at the closing meeting of annual parliamentary session, presided over by NPC Standing Committee Chairman Wu Bangguo. The phrase of "respecting and protecting human rights" is written in the revised law's first chapter on aim and basic principles.
The Chinese government on Monday publicized its second national plan for human rights protection, promising to address challenges and work for the happiness and dignity of every citizen. The new plan, which addresses human rights protection work from 2012-2015, was published by the State Council Information Office and follows the previous one that covered the 2009-2010 period.
The formulation of the National Human Rights Action Plan is an important measure taken by the Chinese government to ensure the implementation of the constitutional principle of respecting and safeguarding human rights. It is of great significance to promoting scientific development and social harmony, and to achieving the great objective of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-round way.
The State Council Information Office unveiled the National Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015) (hereinafter referred to as the Action Plan) on June 11, drawing wide attention, both domestically and internationally. Wang Chen, director of the International Communication Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and head of the State Council Information Office, answered questions concerning China's formulation of the Action Plan in an exclusive interview with Xinhua News Agency.
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