News-Clips (2019. 06-2019. 07)
October 22,2019   By:CSHRS

News-Clips (2019. 06-2019. 07)

June 2019

China publishes regulation on management of human genetic resources

The State Council, China’s cabinet, published a regulation on the management of human genetic resources that will take effect from July 1.

The regulation aims to enhance protection of human genetic resources, promote proper use and tighten regulation and supervision, said a State Council statement on June 10, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China to promote end-of-life care services

China has begun to pilot an end-of-life care program in Shanghai as well as over 70 other cities and municipal districts to promote such care services, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) at a press conference on June 10, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China strengthens performance management to accelerate public hospital reform

China has strengthened performance management to push forward the reform of public hospitals, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) on June 10, 2019.

In recent years, the country has gradually established a linkage mechanism between fund allocation and performance evaluation results of public hospitals, in order to improve the efficiency of hospital operation and the use of funds, said Fu Jinling, an official with the MOF.

From: Xinhua

Ecosystem protection benefits 1.4 million poor people in NW China province

Poverty alleviation policies related to ecosystem protection benefited more than 1.4 million people in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province last year, with their average income increased by 1,750 yuan (253 U.S. dollars) per person, local authorities said on June 10, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China to promote medical insurance payment based on diagnosis related groups
China will launch a pilot program of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs), a patient classification to standardize medical insurance payment, in 30 cities, according to a circular issued by the National Healthcare Security Administration, the People’s Daily reported on June 11, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China launches campaign to combat telecom fraud

Public security authorities across China have launched a campaign to crack down on telecom fraud until October 31, the Ministry of Public Security said on June 13, 2019.
A total of 44,000 telecom fraud cases were uncovered from January to May in 2019, it said.

From: Xinhua

Income tax reform increases personal disposal income

From January to April, China’s reforms on individual income tax, including raising the tax threshold and introducing additional deductions, helped cut tax by 214.3 billion yuan and exempted 99 million people from paying personal income tax.

From: People’s Daily Online

Xi sends congratulatory letter to Forum on Development of Tibet

President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2019 Forum on the Devel-opment of Tibet that opened on June 14, 2019 in Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China.
The one-day forum, hosted by the State Council Information Office and the peo-ple’s government of Tibet Autonomous Region, gathers nearly 160 scholars and offi-cials from 37 countries and regions.

From: Xinhua

202 projects signed to help lift Tibet out of poverty

A total of 202 projects aimed at helping lift southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region out of poverty were signed on June 17 at a poverty alleviation meeting.

The projects, with an estimated investment of 21.5 billion yuan (about $3.1 bil-lion), cover a wide range of fields, including education, healthcare, relocation and employment and science and technology.

From: Xinhua

CSHRS delegation visits Germany, Irish

A delegation of the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) visited Germany and Irish from June 12 to June 18. The delegation, headed by Qiangba Pun-cog, President of the CSHRS, held talks with parliament members, diplomats, schol-ars from think-tanks and universities.

From: en.humanrights.cn

China launches campaign to promote food safety

Chinese authorities have launched a national campaign to call for joint efforts to enhance food safety.

The China Food Safety Publicity Week is an annual event initiated in 2011. The campaign will last from June 18 to 30 this year and highlights making people’s life better via enhanced food safety. Over 50 activities such as exhibitions and training will be organized during the campaign.

From: Xinhua

China to improve people’s livelihood with intensified efforts

China will spruce up old residential communities in cities at a faster pace, complete the upgrading of rural power grids ahead of schedule, and make greater progress in ensuring the access to safe drinking water in rural areas, as part of the efforts to meet people’s aspirations and ensure and improve their livelihood.

The decisions were made at the State Council’s executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on June 19, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China to promote construction of child welfare infrastructure

China will push for the construction of child welfare infrastructure, according to a national work conference on child welfare held in Changsha, capital of central China’s Hunan Province, on June 20, 2019.

From: Xinhua

2019 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights held in Austria

The “2019 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights” co-sponsored by the China Society for Human Rights Studies and the Austria-China Friendship Association was held in Vienna, Austria on June 21, 2019. The theme of the seminar is “Comparison of Human Rights Values between the East and the West” and nearly 100 delegates from China and Europe attended the seminar.

From: en.humanrights.cn

Foreign diplomats to Geneva visit Xinjiang

Diplomats and representatives based in Geneva from 14 countries and an organi-zation visited Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from June 18 to 21 at the invita-tion of the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
During the trip, the diplomats from countries including Algeria, Laos, Nigeria, Somalia and Tajikistan, as well as a representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), interacted extensively with local residents, farmers, teachers and students in various places across the region.

From: Xinhua

Heart disease screening, free surgery for poor children in Xinjiang

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation is helping children from poor families in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region receive free congenital heart disease screening and treatment, the foundation said on June 24, 2019.

From: Xinhua

Authorities allocate 360 million yuan for disaster relief in south China

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Emergency Management on June 24 allocated 360 million yuan (52.6 million U.S. dollars) to three province-level regions in southern and eastern China that were affected by heavy downpours and floods.

From: Xinhua

China’s compulsory rehab centers treat 1.44 million drug addicts in 11 years

China’s compulsory rehabilitation centers have treated more than 1.44 million drug addicts over the past 11 years, according to a report issued by the Ministry of Justice on June 25, 2019.

From: Xinhua

Scholar shares in Geneva China’s experiences in poverty reduction

Poverty reduction through education has played a fundamental role in the Chinese miracle of lifting more than 700 million people from absolute poverty in the past 70 years, a Chinese scholar said in Geneva on June 25, 2019.
China’s success in poverty reduction lies in basic education, vocational education and higher education, said Dr. Shang Haiming from the Human Rights Institute at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, in his speech here at the ongoing 41st regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

From: Xinhua

China steps up policy support to areas of extreme poverty

China has concentrated efforts to assist areas of extreme poverty as the stated deadline to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020 approaches.

From 2018 to 2020, China’s central budget would allocate 214 billion yuan (about 31 billion U.S. dollars) to places including the Tibet Autonomous Region and parts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where abject poverty still persists, said Ou Qingping, deputy director of the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alle-viation and Development, at a press briefing on June 26, 2019.

From: Xinhua

Beijing bans gender discrimination against women in employment

Beijing has banned gender discrimination practices in recruitment to boost career opportunities for women, according to a document released on June 27, 2019.
No requirements for gender should be included in any recruitment plans or interviews, according to the document from the Beijing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau.

From: Xinhua

July 2019

Side -event on China’s human rights protection of ethnic minorities held in Geneva

During the ongoing 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council, a side-event themed on China’s human rights protection of ethnic minority groups is held in Geneva on July 2, 2019. Experts and scholars of the China Society for Human Rights Studies introduced the development of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region to the diplomats and officials of international organizations at the meeting.

From: en.humanrights.cn

China’s human rights protection achievements in Xinjiang hailed at UN side-meeting

During the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council, a side-event titled `Hu-man Rights Progress in Xinjiang, China` was held in Geneva on July 3, 2019, hailing China’s human rights protection achievements in Xinjiang.

From: en.humanrights.cn

Xinjiang’s greater progress depends on overall social stability: diplomat

A senior Chinese diplomat has stressed here that stability and security are indis-pensable to development and enjoyment of human rights, saying only under overall social stability can China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region achieve great progresses.

Addressing a side-event titled “Human Rights Progress in Xinjiang, China” on July 3, Chen Xu, head of the Chinese mission to UN at Geneva, told the audience that Xinjiang is enjoying its fastest development and greatest stability ever seen in its history.

From: Xinhua

China rolls out psychological care program targeting elderly

China has introduced a two-year pilot program to find out the psychological con-ditions and needs of senior citizens at the primary level, the National Health Commis-sion (NHC) announced on July 4, 2019.
Covering 1,600 urban communities and 320 villages, the pilot program targets permanent residents aged 65 or above, said Wang Haidong, director of NHC’s Department of Ageing and Health.

From: Xinhua

China to ensure all rural areas have medical doctors by end of 2019

China will make efforts to ensure that all rural areas in the country have medical doctors and healthcare institutions by the end of this year, the National Health Commission announced at a press conference on July 9, 2019.
The country aims to enable patients with common and chronic diseases to receive diagnosis and treatments at primary-level healthcare institutions in counties, townships and villages.

From: Xinhua

China to protect rural left-behind children from cybersecurity threats

China launched a campaign to protect left-behind children in rural areas from Internet security threats on July 10, 2019.

Co-organized by China’s National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications and tech giant Tencent, the campaign named “Bring Internet Security to Classrooms” will run from September to December and cover rural areas in over 10 provincial-level regions.

From: Xinhua

China issues guideline to strengthen care for de facto orphans

China issued its first guideline to strengthen the work of protecting and supporting de facto orphans on July 10, 2019.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs announced the guideline, jointly issued by 12 gov-ernment agencies, at a press conference.

From: Xinhua

China effectively addresses illness-caused poverty

About 6.7 million families previously in poverty due to high medical bills have been lifted above the poverty line thanks to government financial aid, according to the National Health Commission (NHC) on July 15, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China to reduce oversized classes to improve education

China aims to eliminate “super-sized” classes that accommodate more than 66 students in primary and middle schools nationwide by the end of 2020, according to a guideline released on July 17, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China’s traffic management reform benefits over 800 million people

More than 800 million people have benefited from a nationwide reform to streamline public traffic services over the past year, according to the traffic management bureau of the Ministry of Public Security.
A total of 20 reform measures have been implemented and 10 new measures have been promoted by traffic management agencies nationwide since June last year, the bureau revealed at a meeting on deepening traffic management reform on July 17, 2019.

From: Xinhua

Xinjiang policy in the best interest of local ethnicities

That the United Nations ambassadors of 37 countries, mostly developing ones, released a letter on July 19 defending China’s policy in its Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region is in striking contrast with the text signed by envoys from some developed countries denouncing China’s actions in Xinjiang.

From: China Daily

Xinjiang creates 350,000 jobs in the first half of 2019

Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region created a total of 353,400 new jobs for its residents in the first half of 2019, local authorities said on July 18, 2019.

The regional human resources and social security bureau said that from January to June, the region stepped up support to implement various policies to promote employment and gave priority to people living in impoverished areas in southern Xinjiang.

From: Xinhua

China issues white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang

The State Council Information Office issued a white paper on historical matters concerning Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwest China on July 20, 2019.

China is a unified multiethnic country, and the various ethnic groups in Xinjiang have long been part of the Chinese nation. Throughout its long history, Xinjiang’s development has been closely related to that of China, the white paper said.

From: Xinhua

Journalists from 24 countries visit Xinjiang

A group of journalists from 24 countries visited northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region from July 14 to 22 at the invitation of China’s State Council Information Office.

They agreed that the Chinese government has made progress in cracking down on and preventing terrorism according to the law, safeguarding the religious freedom of its citizens, preserving traditional culture of minor ethnic groups and improving people’s livelihoods.

From: Xinhua

Garbage sorting key to healthy environment: disease control center

China’s promotion of garbage sorting is a key measure in building a healthy living environment for the public, said the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention on July 24, 2019.

From: Xinhua

China’s top court vows death penalty to child sex offenders of serious cases

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) announced on July 24 that criminals committing sexual assault against children that are “extremely vile in nature” and cause “extremely severe consequences” will be sentenced to death with no leniency.

From: Xinhua

China issues white paper on protecting disabled persons’ rights, interests in 70 years

China issued a white paper on the country’s efforts to protect rights and interests of persons with disabilities in the past 70 years on July 25, 2019.

The white paper, titled “Equality, Participation and Sharing: 70 Years of Protecting the Rights and Interests of Persons with Disabilities in the PRC,” was released by the State Council Information Office.

From: Xinhua

China’s free cancer screening program benefits rural women

A large number of rural Chinese women have benefited from a national program that offers free cervical and breast cancer screenings in the past decade, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on July 25, 2019.

Nearly 100 million free cervical cancer examinations and more than 30 million breast cancer tests have been provided for rural women aged between 35 and 64 since the program was initiated in 2009, said Qin Geng, an official with the commission, at a press conference.

From: Xinhua

China reports less labor rights violations in the first half of 2019

China dealt with about 49,000 cases of labor rights violations in the first half of this year, down 25.2 percent from the same period last year, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said on July 25, 2019.

From: Xinhua

50 Countries Co-signed Letter to President of UNHRC and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Support of China’s Position on Xinjiang-related Issues

By 18:00 26 July, 50 Ambassadors to the UNOG cosigned a letter to the President of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, voiced their support for China’s position on issues related to Xinjiang, China. Other countries expressed support in their separate letters and press releases. Many of them have seen the real situation in Xinjiang on recent visits.

From: FMA

China releases pardoned prisoners

The first group of prisoners, who were granted special pardons on June 29, have been released, according to a statement given to Xinhua on July 30, 2019.

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, adopted a decision granting the special pardons to nine categories of criminals on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on June 29.

From: Xinhua

China spends over 8.6 billion yuan to support people in need

China had spent 8.61 billion yuan (1.25 billion U.S. dollars) to support people in special difficulties by the end of March 2019, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said on July 29, 2019.

More than 4.78 million people are living in difficult situations in the country, including the elderly, the disabled and minors who are incapable of working, have no source of income, and have no others to rely on for support.

From: Xinhua

Xinjiang lifts over 2 million people out of poverty in past five years

Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region lifted more than 2.31 million people out of poverty from 2014 to 2018 amid its all-out poverty relief efforts, regional authorities said on July 30, 2019.

The region’s poverty headcount ratio dropped from 19.5 percent in 2013 to 6.1 percent in 2018, with per capita disposable income of its rural residents surging from 119 yuan in 1978 to 11,975 yuan last year, said Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Xinjiang regional government, at a press conference in Beijing.

From: Xinhua

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