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China accomplishes building of moderately prosperous society in all respects: Xi
 
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, announced on July 1 that China has realized the first centenary goal -- building a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Chinese experts call for revival of human rights' concept
 
Chinese experts called for a revival of the concept "human rights," saying the cause of "human rights" is becoming an excuse for hegemony, hampering international solidarity.
 
The calls were made on July 2 at a parallel event for the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which was held online in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi Province, with the theme "Human Rights and International Solidarity."
 
From: CGTN
 
HK chief: Residents' human rights unaffected by national security law
 
The national security law for Hong Kong only targets an "extremely small minority of criminals" that endanger national security. At the same time, the human rights and freedom enjoyed by the overwhelming majority of the residents will not be affected at all, said Carrie Lam, chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), on July 5.
 
Lam made the remarks at a legal forum on the national security law – officially known as the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR. The forum, hosted by the Department of Justice of the HKSAR government, was held a few days after the first anniversary of the law's implementation.
 
From: CGTN
 
U.S. Human Rights: NGO leaders call on UN to increase monitoring of racism in U.S.
 
Experts and NGOs have called on the UN Human Rights Council to take action against systemic racism in the United States. The calls were made on Monday at a parallel event for the 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held online from Beijing. 
 
Speaking at the event, the director general of the UN Association of China expressed concerns over the mistreatment of racial minorities in the U.S., especially Asian Americans after the COVID-19 outbreak.
 
From: CGTN
 
Over 1.3b doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Chinese mainland
 
More than 1.3 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in China as of Sunday, as the country continues to ramp up its inoculation drive, the National Health Commission announced on July 5.
 
China accelerated its pace of free COVID-19 vaccinations for the whole nation in late March. It took China 25 days to climb from 100 million doses to 200 million doses, 16 days to increase from 200 million to 300 million, and just six days to move from 800 million to 900 million.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Li vows better protection of workers' rights
 
China will better protect the rights and interests of workers engaged in new forms of employment, to boost flexible employment, create jobs and increase people's income, the State Council's Executive Meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang decided on July 7.
 
"The lawful rights and interests of workers engaged in new forms of employment must be upheld. The flexibly employed now total over 200 million across the country. Last year, we realized fairly sufficient employment, and flexible employment saw an increase of 7.7 percent," Li said. "New forms of employment have become a key source of job opportunities and an important underpinning for keeping overall employment stable."
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Experts call for efforts to curb U.S. cyber surveillance
 
Experts attending a seminar via video link under the 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council called for global efforts to curb the large-scale cyber surveillance conducted by the U.S. on other countries on July 9.
 
Nine experts among other participants discussed the situation in three aspects related with the U.S. cyber surveillance: the U.S. legislation and practice on cyber surveillance, the evaluation of the U.S. behavior based on international law and the efforts against such hegemony.
 
From: CGTN
 
Experts call for more respect for different human rights models
 
Experts from China and other countries called for more respect from the international community on different models of human rights development at a parallel event on minority rights protection for the 47th Session of UN Human Rights Council on July 9 in Beijing.  
 
Men Lijun, vice president and secretary general of China Foundation for Human Rights Development, said that the key to protect minority rights should be improving their living and development conditions.
 
From: CGTN
 
Forum: NGOs have role to play in promotion of human rights
 
Social organizations play an important role in promoting human rights through development, researchers and representatives from several Asian NGOs said on July 9.
 
Speaking at an online event running parallel to the ongoing 47th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, they emphasized that experience among NGOs worldwide should be shared to improve human rights.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
NGOs, experts call for peace, development in human rights protection
 
Leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and experts from China, Cambodia and other developing countries called for a stronger focus on development in the global human rights cause.
 
The calls were made during a parallel event for the 47th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, held online from Beijing on July 9, with the theme "Promote Human Rights through Development – Practices of NGOs."
 
From: CGTN
 
Big declines seen in infectious diseases
 
China witnessed significant drops in new cases of nearly all major infectious diseases last year, with the number of new HIV/AIDS infections seeing its first year-on-year decline in a decade, according to an annual health development communique released by the National Health Commission on July 12.
 
The number of viral hepatitis cases dropped by 11.5 percent year-on-year, with tuberculosis cases down by about 13.6 percent, the communique said.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
UN rights body adopts resolution on development
 
The 47th session of the UN Human Rights Council on July 12 adopted a resolution, highlighting that development and the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing.
 
Co-sponsored by China and a number of other countries, the resolution, titled "The contribution of development to the enjoyment of all human rights," emphasizes the important role of inclusive and sustainable development in promoting and protecting human rights.
 
From: Xinhua
 
After-school services to be provided at all compulsory education institutions in China
 
All compulsory education institutions in China will provide their students with after-school services starting fall semester 2021, the Ministry of Education announced July 13.
 
After-school services are intended for students whose parents have trouble picking them up when school hours end. The ministry stipulated that such services are to be provided on every school day, and the duration should be no less than two hours, depending on the end of local daily work hours.
 
From: Xinhua
 
China issues white paper on protecting rights of Xinjiang's ethnic groups
 
China's State Council Information Office on July 14 issued a white paper detailing the country's progress in protecting the rights of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
 
The white paper, titled "Respecting and Protecting the Rights of All Ethnic Groups in Xinjiang," said the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government have upheld a people-centered approach to human rights protection and Xinjiang has made steady progress in this regard over the past 70-plus years.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xinjiang residents debunk lies of human rights violations with personal experiences
 
Residents from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on July 15 debunked lies from politicians of some Western countries on human rights violations in Xinjiang with their personal experiences.
 
At a press conference held in Beijing by the Xinjiang regional government, several Xinjiang residents shared their own stories via video link.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Country's first labor court opens
 
China's first court for handling labor disputes opened in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on July 16 to better protect workers' rights and maintain good relations between employers and employees.
 
Suzhou Labor Court was set up as a division of the Suzhou Intermediate People's Court after the Supreme People's Court, the country's top court, approved its creation in June.
 
The labor court will meet new legal demands in the new economy, safeguard the rights of employees, and promote the healthy development of internet platforms and the sharing economy, the intermediate court said in a statement.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Aid boosts Xinjiang's economic development
 
Despite the pandemic, assistance from 19 provinces and municipalities has effectively helped the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region to boost social and economic development, thereby winning the tough battle against poverty and improving ethnic unity, a senior Party official said.
 
Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, called for continued comprehensive, targeted and long-term support to Xinjiang through the "pairing assistance" program, at the eighth national meeting on pairing assistance to Xinjiang. The meeting was held in Aksu, Xinjiang, from July 19 to July 21.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
China to continue protecting legitimate rights, interests of one-child families
 
China will continue to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of families with only one child, according to a decision released on July 20.
 
The country will continue to implement its current reward and assistance system and preferential policies for families with only one child and rural families with only two daughters, born before the two-child policy, said the decision on improving birth policies to promote long-term and balanced population development, adopted by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xi stresses prioritizing people's safety, property in flood prevention, control
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping on July 21 demanded that authorities at all levels must give top priority to ensuring people's safety and property, and carefully and strictly implement the flood prevention and disaster relief measures.
 
Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, made the remarks in an important instruction after continuous heavy rainfall hit regions including central China's Henan Province, causing heavy casualties and property losses.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Xi stresses prioritizing people's safety
 
President Xi Jinping has urged all-out efforts to carry out flood prevention and rescue work to protect people's lives and property, requiring officials at various levels to work on the front line to speedily mobilize all available resources.
 
In an instruction released on July 21, Xi mentioned the heavy rains that hit some regions in the past few days, which have caused flooding in Zhengzhou, the Henan provincial capital, and other cities. The water level of some rivers in the area has risen above the alert level, some reservoirs are at risk of collapse, rail services have been suspended and flights canceled.
 
From: China Daily
 
State councilor stresses improving lives of disabled people
 
Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong has emphasized efforts to develop programs for people with disabilities and improve their lives.
 
Wang made the remarks on July 22 during a work conference on the development of programs for people with disabilities.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Premier: Bolster flood control, disaster relief efforts
 
Premier Li Keqiang called on July 26 for stronger early warning and first response mechanisms to beef up flood control and disaster relief measures, saying that the central government will mobilize a fund of several billion yuan from its contingency reserve to help flood-hit areas.
 
Speaking during a videoconference in Beijing on fighting the floods and providing disaster relief, Li said the central government will scale up relief measures based on a more thorough assessment of the situation, and local authorities must arrange special funding and use the donations in a transparent manner.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Top court wants better judicial protection for rural vitalization
 
China's top court on July 26 issued a document calling for better judicial service and protection to serve the country's rural vitalization and modernization of agriculture and rural areas.
 
The Supreme People's Court (SPC) document includes 26 articles on promoting judicial work related to both high-quality and efficient agricultural industry and better living environment in rural areas.
 
From: Xinhua
 
Strategies to help seniors, boost births
 
Political advisers said timely, comprehensive and scientific measures to deal with China's aging society and flagging fertility rate are needed as they attended a high-level seminar in Beijing on July 26.
 
About 40 advisers made remarks at the special meeting on demographic issues held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
 
Measures urged to ensure safety of rain-affected people
 
Amid a "grave and complicated "flood control situation, the Ministry of Emergency Management has demanded that local authorities nationwide enhance early warning measures and thoroughly check urban areas at risk of flooding, including subways, to ensure people's safety.
 
The ministry also demanded that subway operators suspend their operations and evacuate passengers in the event of extremely heavy rainfall, according to a media release from the ministry on July 27.
 
From: CHINA DAILY
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