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Disabled Chinese children benefit from gov't-led rehab scheme
Disabled children in China have received 676,000 rehabilitation services from a government-led relief scheme since 2018, the China Disabled Persons' Federation said on June 1.
Rolled out three years ago and dedicated to children with disabilities, the scheme has seen an year-on-year increase in the number of kids acquiring such relief, according to the federation.
From: Xinhua
China Focus: "Reunion" campaign helps find over 1,600 missing, abducted children
Chinese police have located or rescued 1,680 missing or abducted children this year, including adults who went missing or were kidnapped as children, the Ministry of Public Security said on June 1.
Since the nationwide campaign of "Tuanyuan," meaning reunion in Chinese, was launched in January, police have resolved 85 cold cases involving child abduction or trafficking, the ministry told a press conference.
From: Xinhua
China sees fewer arrests, indictments related to school violence, bullying
The number of arrests and indictments for crimes related to school bullying and violence on campus in China dropped significantly from 2017 to 2020, thanks to China's campus safety efforts, the country's top procuratorate said on June 1.
In 2020, procuratorial agencies across the country approved 583 arrests for relevant offenses, a decrease from 4,157 in 2017, according to a white paper on juvenile-related procuratorial work released by the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP).
From: Xinhua
China sees progress in employment for relocated rural people
China has made progress in employment for people relocated amid its poverty-alleviation program, data from the country's top economic planner showed on June 3.
Some 3.78 million of these people were employed so far, which means that at least one family member with working capabilities of these relocated households has a job, said Tong Zhangshun, an official with the National Development and Reform Commission.
From: Xinhua
China dispatches vaccine, syringe aid to 66 countries
China has completed dispatching COVID-19 vaccines and syringes to 66 countries and one international organization as of June 7 amid efforts to provide vaccine aid and strengthen international cooperation, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said.
The MOC, along with relevant government bodies, will ensure that vaccines are delivered to recipient countries as soon as possible, said Qian Chunying, an official with the ministry, on June 7.
From: Xinhua
China-Europe seminar focuses on COVID-19, right to life and health
An international seminar was held on June 8 in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality and in Italy's Rome, focusing on COVID-19 and the right to life and health.
The 2021 China-Europe Seminar on Human Rights was held both online and offline, with over 180 participants from home and abroad in attendance, including political figures, experts, scholars, business people, artists and the media.
From: Xinhua
Tribunals help protect the rights of children
China has stepped up efforts to promote judicial protection of children, with more than 1,800 juvenile tribunals set up in courts nationwide by the end of last month to strengthen juvenile protection and crime prevention, an official from China's top court said on June 8.
The State Council's leading group for the protection of minors issued a guideline on June 6 that called for their enhanced protection in six areas: family, school, society, the internet, government, and the judiciary.
Chinese state councilor stresses ensuring food safety
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong on June 8 urged continuous efforts to guarantee the country's food safety.
People's lives and health should be put first, said Wang, calling for efforts to firmly stick to the bottom line of ensuring food safety.
From: Xinhua
China increases penalties for workplace safety violations in new law amendment
China's top legislature on June 10 adopted an amendment to the Law on Workplace Safety.
The amendment stipulates heavier penalties for workplace safety violations by production and business operation entities and their responsible persons.
From: Xinhua
Xinjiang's population increases 18.5 pct over past decade
The population of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region increased by 18.52 percent from 2010 to 2020, the country's seventh population census showed.
Xinjiang's permanent population had reached 25.85 million by October 2020, a rise of about 4.04 million from the country's sixth population census in 2010, the latest census data released on June 14 by the regional statistic bureau showed.
From: Xinhua
New department to supervise after-school training program
China's Ministry of Education on June 15 announced the establishment of a special department for supervising after-school education and training programs.
It will set out the standards for the content and duration of both online and offline training, the qualifications of tutors as well as the charges, and will oversee their implementation jointly with relevant authorities, according to the ministry. 
From: Xinhua
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate drops in May
China's surveyed urban unemployment rate stood at 5 percent in May, 0.9 percentage points lower than the same period last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed on June 16.
Compared with the April level, the May figure was 0.1 percentage points lower, said the NBS. A total of 5.74 million new urban jobs were created in the first five months.
From: Xinhua
China's Inner Mongolia gains ground in controlling desertification
The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region that lies at the forefront of China's fight against desertification has witnessed remarkable growth of green coverage, local authorities said on June 17.
Thanks to its afforestation efforts, the region's forest coverage rate and the comprehensive vegetation coverage of grassland have reached 23 percent and 45 percent, respectively, the regional forestry and grassland bureau said.
From: Xinhua
Forum discusses fighting desertification in BRI nations
An online forum where researchers and experts gathered to discuss how to combat desertification in countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative was held on June 17, which is also the United Nation's Desertification and Drought Day.
More than 300 representatives from universities, institutes, enterprises and international organizations attended the forum which was held by the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
China's top court specifies rules for online litigation
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) on June 17 issued a set of rules for courts to handle online litigation, in an effort to promote and regulate digital litigation services.
The rules stipulate that online litigation has the same legal effect as that filed on paper, and provide that the litigation rights of the parties concerned are fully protected in the process.
From: Xinhua
Canada's using human rights as political tool at UN doomed to failure: Chinese diplomat
Canada's spreading disinformation to frame China at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is nothing but using human rights as a political tool, and is doomed to failure, a senior Chinese diplomat said on June 17.
Ahead of the 47th regular session of the UNHRC, which is scheduled from June 21 to July 13, Canada is leading in making a Xinjiang-related joint statement at the interactive dialogue on the annual report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
From: Xinhua
Eldercare services to become more affordable, accessible and reliable
The Ministry of Civil Affairs will draft a spectrum of policies from land acquisition to financing to talent in an attempt to bolster the supply of affordable, accessible and reliable services for the fast-growing elder population, a ministry official said on June 18.
Efforts will be made to let market play the "decisive role" in the distribution of eldercare resources, said Li Banghua, deputy head of the ministry's eldercare service department.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
Seven decades on, Tibet ecology a success story
The Tibet autonomous region has made steady progress in addressing desertification along with other environmental issues in recent years as it seeks to build an ecological security shield on the frigid Qinghai-Tibet plateau in Southwest China, a regional government official said on June 18.
The region's forested areas had reached more than 12 percent of its total area by 2020, with 81.4 billion yuan ($12.6 billion) worth of funding having been pumped into local environment restoration efforts over the past seven decades, said Luo Jie, head of Tibet's ecology and environment department.
From: China Daily
Poverty relief exchanges help ASEAN
ASEAN Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi has hailed poverty relief exchanges between China and the regional body as being crucial to Southeast Asian countries' recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The global novel coronavirus outbreak is reversing progress made in curbing poverty in the region in recent decades, putting its people at "heightened risk of falling back into deeper poverty", he said in a video speech at the 15th ASEAN-China Forum on Social Development and Poverty Reduction on June 22.
65 countries jointly oppose interference in China's internal affairs under pretext of human rights
Belarus, on behalf of 65 countries, delivered a joint speech on June 22 at the 47th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, stressing that respect for the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of all countries and non-interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states are basic norms governing international relations.
The affairs of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Tibet Autonomous Region are China's internal affairs, and the outside world should not interfere, according to the statement.
From: CGTN
China calls for int'l cooperation on human rights
A senior Chinese diplomat on June 22 called on countries to work together to promote international cooperation on human rights and uphold international justice.
Chen Xu, China's Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), made the remarks while delivering a joint statement on behalf of a group of countries at the ongoing 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.
From: Xinhua
Pandemic slowing poverty relief progress: Expert
The novel coronavirus pandemic has slowed the world's progress in protecting people's economic, social and cultural rights, and the situation requires ever closer cooperation among the United Nations, countries and regions, as well as social groups, an expert said.
Wang Xingzui, executive vice-president of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, said at an online conference on June 25 that protecting people's economic, social and cultural rights has long been a focus of the UN Human Rights Council, as it's key to the life and welfare of billions of people all over the world, especially those living in developing countries.
From: China Daily
Bullet train debuts on new railway in Tibet
The first electrified railway in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region opened on June 25, linking regional capital Lhasa with the city of Nyingchi, as "Fuxing" bullet trains enter official operation on the plateau region.
With a length of 435 km and a designed speed of 160 km per hour, the new railway is a single-line electrified railway. The newly opened Lhasa-Nyingchi railway has provided southeast Tibet with access to railway services for the first time in history.
From: Xinhua
Chinese NGOs call for more international efforts to safeguard right to development
Some Chinese NGOs and international experts have called for more efforts from non-government sectors to help safeguard human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as the right to food, education, housing and decent work.
The calls were made at a parallel event for the 47th Session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council, which was held online from Beijing on June 28, about non-governmental organization (NGO)'s contribution to the right to development.
From: CGTN
Education ministry opens financial-aid hotlines for college students
China's Ministry of Education has opened hotlines for inquiries on college financial-aid programs, according to an announcement published on the ministry website on June 29.
This marks the 17th year in a row that the ministry has opened such hotlines for inquiries and complaints regarding the country's financial-aid policies for college students.
From: Xinhua
Rights of the disabled continue to strengthen
China has constantly strengthened protection of the rights of people with disabilities and gradually improved their legal protection, experts said during an online human rights seminar on June 29.
Organized by the China Society for Human Rights Studies, the seminar, with the theme "Legal Development and Disability Rights", was a side event of the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
China to steadily improve social security benefits
China will steadily improve its social security benefits and other social safety-net programs during the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), a plan released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security announced on June 30.
In the five years, China plans to establish a basic pension scheme for enterprise employees under unified national management and boost the supplementary pension fund to over 4 trillion yuan (about 619 billion U.S. dollars).
From: Xinhua

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