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Jan. 7-8, 2014

President Xi Jinping has called for a greater role of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in guiding the country's political and legal affairs, urging a balance between "vitality and order".

Xi made the comments during a central political and legal work meeting held from Jan. 7 to Jan. 8, 2014.

"The Party should lead legislation, ensure law enforcement and set an example in abiding the law," Xi said, adding that political and legal work should be conducted with an aim to safeguard Party policies and the authority of the law.

Jan. 7, 2014

Prosecutors should not publicly disclose the private information of minors involved in criminal cases and are required to respect and protect their reputations, China's top procuratorate said on Jan. 7, 2014.

Under a rule issued by the Supreme People's Procuratorate on Dec 31, 2013, prosecutors are told not to post or broadcast any information about minor offenders or victims, such as their names, home addresses, pictures or materials that can disclose their identities.

Jan. 8, 2014

The State Council would increase enterprises' retirees' pensions by 10 percent.

The decision was made at the Cabinet's executive meeting led by Premier Li Keqiang on Jan. 8, 2014. The move would benefit more than 74 million people who had retired from domestic enterprises.

The State Council urged government departments to reform their endowment insurance and pension systems.

The meeting also pledged to improve the social assistance system, which helps disadvantaged groups.

The social assistance system, when revamped, would offer financial aid that would meet the disadvantaged groups' standards of living.[page]

Jan. 20, 2014

The Chinese government vowed to ensure that at least 90 percent of children with visual, hearing and intellectual disabilities receive primary and middle school education by the end of 2016, according to a plan publicized Jan. 20, 2014.

According to a 2014-2016 plan on improving education for learners with special needs, the country would increase investment, build more infrastructure, foster more quality teachers and reform special education curricula.

The plan was jointly mapped out by seven departments, including the ministries of education, civil affairs and finance, based on inspections and surveys across the country.

Jan. 22, 2014

Ana Pirtskhalava, vice president of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY), and Samuel Muyizzi visited China Society For Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) on the morning of Jan. 22, 2014.

Zhao Xiaoling, director of China Society For Human Rights Studies and direcor of human rights research center of Party School of the Central Committee of CPC, and Zhang Yun, direcor of history institute in China Tibetology Research Center attended the meeting.

They discussed human rights issues with Ana Pirtskhalava and Samuel Muyizzi on gender equality and political rights of women, rights of homosexual people, policies on ethnic minority, guarantee of labor's rights, environment protection, Beijing Forum on Human Rights and the functions of China Society For Human Rights Studies.

Ana Pirtskhalava and Samuel Muyizzi thanked for CSHRS's reception and said, during this visit, they better understood China's view on human rights and the development of human rights in China, espectially in Tibet. Besides, they expressed their wishes to attend this year's Beijing Forum on Human Rights.[page]

Jan. 26, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping visited people in shanty town of a twon in Arxan, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Jan. 26, 2014.

Jan. 26, 2014

China will wage a war against poverty with a stronger resolve and prevent it from afflicting future generations, Premier Li Keqiang said.

High economic growth since China adopted reform and opening up more than 30 years ago has helped lift almost half the nation's population out of poverty. This is due to market-oriented reforms and the government's constant efforts in poverty relief, the premier said.

Despite the achievements, poverty is not fully rooted out, which has prompted the premier to make the vow in his tour to two deprived regions in the northwestern province of Shaanxi on Jan. 26, 2014.

Jan. 26, 2014

China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) and Ministry of Justice issued a guidance to make it easier for the poor to apply for state compensation for wrongful detention, the SPC said Jan. 26, 2014.

The guidance stipulates that courts should notify people in writing of their rights to apply for state compensation. Legal aid institutions should expand channels for people to apply for the compensation and help them seek legal aid.

People who have been wrongfully arrested and have been verified to have no income may apply for state compensation, said the guidance.[page]

Jan. 28, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping gave children Spring Festival gifts at the Children Welfare House of Hohhot City, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Jan. 28, 2014. Xi paid a visit to Inner Mongolia and extended New Year greetings to people of all ethnic groups.


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