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Enrichment of the Scope of Government Information Disclosure and Enhancement of Human Rights Protective Functions
November 06,2014   By:

Enrichment of the Scope of Government Information Disclosure and Enhancement of Human Rights Protective Functions
--With Regulation on The Disclosure of Government Information and Guiding Documents on Government Information Disclosure Released by the General Office of the State Council as Clues

ZHAO Zhengqun
China

In accordance with the Regulation of the People's Republic of China on the Disclosure of Government Information (hereinafter referred to as the Regulation) and the hands-on experiences in carrying out the Regulation over six years, and with an array of documents as the clues, which have been released since 2007 by the competent department designated by the General Office of the State Council (hereinafter referred to as the General Office) to be in charge of advancing, guiding, coordinating and supervising the countrywide government information disclosure work,   this paper deals with the continuous enrichment and widening of the scope of Chinese government information disclosure these years, as well as deals with the constant improvement of the human rights protective functions, for the deliberation of people of all walks of life who pay close attention to the construction and development of the government information disclosure system and the government human rights guarantee system in China.

I. Constant Enrichment of the Scope of Government Information Disclosure in China
Experience and logic both prove that determining the scope of disclosure in an appropriate way is a top priority to be completed for the successful establishment and effective implementation of the government information disclosure system. Through study of nearly ten documents released by the General Office for guiding and supervising the government information disclosure work after the Regulation was formulated in April, 2007, it is not difficult to find that the General Office has gradually enriched and even expanded the scope of government information disclosure in accordance with the implementation procedures encompassed in the Regulation. Firstly, this paper tries to call all three documents released by the General Office during 2007-2010 the initial period for implementing the Regulation, or the period for prudently advancing the government information disclosure work. Because, seven work tasks laid down in the Circular on Doing a Good Preparatory Work for the Implementation of the Regulation of the People's Republic of China on the Disclosure of Government Information, known as the GUOBANFA [2007] No.54 Document, are all fundamental work tasks for the implementation of the Regulation, touching hardly on the scope of government information disclosure. Nevertheless, among seven main work tasks mapped out in the Views of the General Office of the State Council on Issues Concerning the Implementation of the Regulation of the People's Republic of China on the Disclosure of Government Information, known as the GUOBANFA [2008] No.36 Document, at least four have given rigorous or limited explanation of the scope of government information disclosure.