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Progress in China's Human Rights in 2014
June 08,2015   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, June 8 (Xinhua) -- The Information Office of the State Council, or China's Cabinet, issued a white paper on Progress in China's Human Rights in 2014 Monday. Following is the full text:
 
Progress in China's Human Rights in 2014
 
Information Office of the State Council
 
The People's Republic of China
 
June 2015, Beijing
 
Contents
 
Preface
 
I. Right to Development
 
II. Rights of the Person
 
III.Democratic Rights
 
IV. Right to Impartial Trial
 
V. Rights of Ethnic Minorities
 
VI. Rights of Women, Children and Senior Citizens
 
VII.Rights of Persons with Disabilities
 
VIII.Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment
 
IX. Foreign Exchanges and Cooperation
 
Preface
 
In 2014 the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government jointly pushed forward the implementation of the country's four major strategic tasks: (1) build a moderately prosperous society; (2) drive the reform in a deeper level; (3) advance the law-based governance of China; and (4) strengthen Party self-discipline. The Chinese people enjoyed practical benefits from the development of the country, and their human rights situation also made new progress.
 
The basic rights of the Chinese people became better protected, and China's constitutional principle of "respecting and safeguarding human rights" was implemented in a better way. In 2014, China made steady progress in comprehensively completing the building of a moderately prosperous society. By the end of the year, among all the 29 countable or measurable indicators for economic and social development set forth in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), 12 had been over-fulfilled, three had been nearly fulfilled and 11 had made smooth progress, accounting for 90 percent of the total. The mid-stage assessment of China's National Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015) was carried out in December 2014, and the result showed that most of the targets set in the plan had been reached, and a larger part of the quantitative indices had been half or even more achieved. In the same year China's efforts for law-based governance reached a new take-off stage. The Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the CPC approved the Resolution of the CPC Central Committee on Certain Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Advancing the Law-Based Governance of China, drawing up a clear blueprint for building a socialist law-based country with Chinese characteristics. The fundamental purposes of the blueprint are to protect civic rights, to defend human dignity and to put basic human rights into practice.