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Better livelihoods reflect better human rights
March 15,2019   By:China Daily
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March 15, 2019 -- A sightseeing train carries visitors around Lujiacun village in Anji, Zhejiang province. [Photo by Fang Li/For chinadaily.com.cn]
 
March 15, 2019 -- People across the world want their human rights to be well protected so they can lead a relatively trouble-free and peaceful life. But different countries, due to their different cultures and social environments, have different ways and measures to protect human rights.
 
Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the Communist Party of China, the Chinese government and the Chinese people, through arduous struggles, have led the world's most populous country from poverty and hunger, created partly due to century-long foreign aggressions and wars, to prosperity and, in the process, written a magnificent chapter of human rights.
 
A congratulatory message sent by CPC Central Committee General Secretary Xi Jinping to the 2015 human rights forum in Beijing said the Party and Chinese government have always respected the human rights of the Chinese people, and taken measures to ensure they enjoy those rights.
 
'Working for people' is CPC's guiding principle
 
As the ruling party, the CPC has made "working for people" the guiding principle and starting point for all work. "Serving the people", "being responsible for the people" and "being subject to people's examination" are the important principles the Party and the Chinese government have always adhered to. In particular, since the 18th National Congress of the CPC in November 2012, "people-centric" has become the basic principle for promoting the cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics in various fields, and creating a prosperous and happy life for the people the top human rights cause.
 
"Development is the foremost principle," former leader Deng Xiaoping said. The principle applies to promoting not only national prosperity and rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, but also ensuring every Chinese citizen enjoys basic human rights.
 
However, facts show that a country without sufficient resources may not be able to guarantee its people some human rights, even such civic and political rights as freedom of speech, the right to vote and to be elected to public office, and the right to a fair trial. Which means the guaranteeing of economic, social and cultural rights is highly dependent on the resources available to a country.