January 10,2022   By:en.humanrights.cn
SPP recommends harsher punishment for wage default
The Supreme People's Procuratorate has recommended harsh punishment for those who maliciously default on wages, a move to protect the legitimate rights and interests of migrant workers.
It said procuratorates nationwide recovered more than 340 million yuan ($53.4 million) in unpaid wages for migrant workers from 2019 to 2020.
People who fabricate labor contracts in migrant workers' names will also be severely penalized, it said in a notice issued on Dec. 1.
From: China Daily
So-called "democracy summit" goes against basic spirit of democracy, Pakistani newspaper says
The so-called "Summit for Democracy" led by the United States goes against the basic spirit of democracy and will further polarize the world, resulting in the emergence of new blocs, Pakistan's The News International reported on Dec. 2.
"It is a bad sign, as the world direly needs cooperation and joint efforts to tackle the issues of pandemic, climate change, food insecurity, water and energy," said the article titled "Democracy summit, undemocratic practices."
From: Xinhua
China's democracy guarantees all people's right to happy life, experts say
China's State Council Information Office on Dec. 4 released a white paper titled "China: Democracy That Works," which expounded on the values, history, institutional frameworks, practices, and achievements of China's democracy.
China's democracy, according to experts and observers from multiple countries, has guaranteed all people's right to a happy life and promoted the country's rapid development.
From: Xinhua
China's foreign ministry releases report on state of democracy in U.S.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Dec. 5 released a report on its website titled "The State of Democracy in the United States."
Based on facts and expert opinions, the report aims to expose the deficiencies and abuse of democracy in the United States as well as the harm of its exporting such democracy. It is hoped that the United States will improve its own system and practices of democracy and change its way of interacting with other countries, the report said.
From: Xinhua
'U.S. democracy' fosters division, not unity and social harmony: report
Democracy should promote national unity and social harmony, but divisions are frequently seen in the United States, which claims itself a "model of democracy," according to a report released by the think tank Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies of the Renmin University of China on Dec. 6.   
The two parties in the United States are constantly using the system design to attack each other, leading to severe political polarization, social disorder and contradictions, said the report titled "Ten Questions for American Democracy."
From: CGTN
Xi sends congratulatory letter to 2021 South-South Human Rights Forum
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory letter to the 2021 South-South Human Rights Forum, which opened in Beijing on Dec. 8.
Noting that human rights are a symbol of human civilization progress, Xi said putting people first and taking people's longing for a better life as the goal is the responsibility of all countries.
From: Xinhua
China vows to work with developing countries to promote international human rights
China, as the world's largest developing country, pledged to work with all developing countries to promote the sound development of the international human rights cause, at a forum on human rights on Dec. 8.
The 2021 South-South Human Rights Forum, a biennial event held this year for the third time in Beijing, was themed "putting people first and global human rights governance."
From: CGTN
Chinese people are enjoying better human rights: Chinese UN ambassador
The Chinese people are enjoying better human rights and making positive contributions to the global human rights cause, said the Chinese UN ambassador on Dec. 9 in a message for Human Rights Day, which falls on Dec 10.
The theme for this year's Human Rights Day is equality. The protection of human rights and the pursuit of equality is an ideal shared by all humanity. It is also one that is constantly pursued by the Chinese people, said Zhang Jun, China's permanent representative to the United Nations.
From: Xinhua
People's rights guaranteed in democracy
People's rights have been well guaranteed under China's whole-process people's democracy, Chinese experts said at a seminar held by Shandong University on Dec. 10.
Li Junru, vice-president of China Society for Human Rights Studies, said the whole-process people's democracy in China combines electoral democracy with consultative democracy and it covers democratic election, consultation, decision-making, management and supervision.
People can participate extensively in the management of State and social affairs and fully exercise their democratic rights in their daily lives, he said, adding that the will of the people can be reflected in all aspects of the country's political and social life.
From: China Daily
China stresses policy support to safeguard people's well-being in 2022: key meeting
China will make sure its social policies well safeguard people's well-being, according to a statement released on Dec. 10 after a tone-setting economic meeting.
The country will promote both the economic development and the well-being of its people and make basic public services more available, according to the annual Central Economic Work Conference which concluded on Dec. 10 in Beijing.
From: Xinhua
Video footage shows grim situation before Xinjiang terrorism crackdown
Rare video footage of terrorist attacks in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and other parts of China made public on Dec. 13 revealed the grim situation before the spread of terrorism and religious extremism was successfully contained.
During an online news conference on Xinjiang-related issues, the regional government showed video footage and accounts of witnesses and victims' relatives of 52 typical violent and terrorist cases from the 1990s to 2014. They were only a very small number of the thousands of incidents carried out by extremists, separatists and terrorists at home and abroad.
From: China Daily
National pension system vital to erasing disparity, ensuring payments
China will reconfigure the national pension fund this year in order to narrow the disparity between provinces and regions and improve the equity of the national pension system.
On Dec 16, Vice-Premier Han Zheng stressed at a teleconference that introducing a State-level system for the national pension fund was an important central government decision, which will benefit the people and social stability.
From: China Daily
Trade Law draft amendment for new sector workers to be examined
A draft amendment to strengthen protection for people engaged in new forms of business, such as deliverymen and drivers with ride-hailing services, will be reviewed by lawmakers next week, a senior legislator said on Dec. 17.
The draft amendment to the Trade Union Law will be submitted for review to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the country's top legislative body, which will begin its session on Dec. 20.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
Symposium celebrates nutrition improvement plan
The International Symposium for the 10th Anniversary of the Nutrition Improvement Plan took place in Beijing on Dec. 18, with participation from more than 120 government officials, scholars and representatives of international organizations and enterprises.
Carrying the title "Investing in Child Nutrition for Healthy Future", the symposium was hosted by the China Development Research Foundation and co-organized by the United Nations World Food Program and covered topics including the achievements of the plan in the past decade, rural revitalization and international experience.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
Draft revision of Civil Procedure Law emphasises rights, consent
A draft amendment to the Civil Procedure Law was submitted for a second reading on Dec. 20 at an ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
The draft amendment was presented for a first reading in October, but the version presented on Dec. 20 aims to further simplify civil procedures while laying emphasis on the rights and consent of the parties involved.
From: Xinhua
Law to comprehensively protect women's rights
The top legislature of China is reviewing the draft amendment to the Law on the Protection of Women's Rights and Interests from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24. The amendment defines "discrimination against women", strengthens protection of women's personality rights and interests, and bans any subjugation of women, by nonviolent as well as physical abuse.
The amendment focuses on problems related to women's rights and interests protection that have become apparent over the past nearly 30 years since the law was last revised.
From: China Daily
Envoy urges fair vaccine distribution
Ensuring ample supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and distributing them fairly is a "pressing" task as the Omicron variant spreads rapidly, said the Chinese ambassador to the United States on Dec. 21.
During an online meeting hosted by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the pandemic, Qin Gang said China is the leading supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to other countries.
From: China Daily
Chinese women's average life expectancy exceeds 80 years in 2020
The average life expectancy of Chinese women reached 80.88 years in 2020, up from 77.37 years in 2010, according to the National Bureau of Statistics on Dec. 21.
Chinese women's social status has been raised significantly over the past decade, and their sense of accomplishment, happiness and security has increased dramatically, said an NBS report on the monitoring results of the Outline for the Development of Chinese Women (2011-2020).
From: Xinhua
Report exposes limitations, drawbacks of American democracy
The China Society for Human Rights Studies on Dec. 23 published a report, laying bare the limitations and drawbacks of American democracy.
The American voting democracy centered on elections can hardly sustain democratic politics in a complete sense, and it is far from being an ideal system for modern democracy, the report noted.
From: Xinhua
Spokesman: 'Uyghur act' nothing but political manipulation
The so-called "Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act" passed by the United States is based on severely distorted claims about the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. The move, which is a serious violation of international law, is nothing but political manipulation, a spokesman for the regional government said.
The act, which was signed into law by US President Joe Biden on Dec. 23, imposes sanctions on individuals responsible for so-called "forced labor" in the region. Cotton, tomatoes and polysilicon, which is used in solar-panel manufacturing, are designated as "high priority" for enforcement action.
Spokesperson: China-proposed resolution safeguards rights to peaceful use of sci-tech
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Dec. 24 adopted a Chinese-proposed resolution on arms control, which China said safeguards the legitimate rights of all countries to peaceful use of science and technology and participate in international cooperation. 
The resolution titled "Promoting International Cooperation on Peaceful Uses in the Context of International Security" was adopted at the plenary meeting of the 76th session of the UNGA.
From: CGTN
Chinese political advisers discuss strengthening rights of minors
Chinese political advisers on Dec. 24 discussed measures to promote the judicial protection of minors' rights and interests at a consultation session in Beijing.
The biweekly session was held by the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, China's top political advisory body.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
Xi emphasizes steps to ensure food security
President Xi Jinping has reiterated the need to stabilize the fundamentals of the agricultural sector and ensure the nation's food security, saying that China should achieve assessable outcomes in growing more soybeans and other oil crops.
Xi, who is also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission, called for more concrete measures and stronger implementation to guarantee stable agricultural production and supply and steady growth in the sector and rural areas.
Xi's remarks were published on Dec. 26 as the two-day Central Rural Work Conference, which outlined China's rural development plans for the coming year, was concluded in Beijing.
From: China Daily
U.S. politicization of human rights erodes foundation of human rights governance: report
A report published on Dec. 27 revealed that the United States has brazenly resorted to human rights politicization to maintain its political interests and global hegemony.
Released by the China Society for Human Rights Studies, the report said that the behaviors of the United States have seriously eroded the foundation that underlies the global human rights governance, gravely threatened the international development of human rights cause, and generated outrageously destructive consequences.
From: Xinhua
Draft ruling on e-commerce unveiled by Supreme People's Court
A draft judicial interpretation on handling disputes involving internet-related consumption was unveiled by the Supreme People's Court, China's top court, on Dec. 27 for public comment.
The draft focuses on several hot issues in cyberspace, including live-streaming selling, the most typical feature of the livestreaming economy, as well as ordering food online and false promotions.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
Gender equality for women improving, survey says
China has created a better social environment for women's individual overall development and achieved wider recognition of gender equality in the past decade, said a survey released on Dec. 27.
The Survey on Social Status of Women in China, jointly conducted in 2020 by the All-China Women's Federation and the National Bureau of Statistics, said that about 97 percent of the 30,000 male and female respondents aged 18 to 64 nationwide agreed that women enjoy a more favorable social environment.
From: China Daily
Readers applaud Xi's discourses on protection of human rights
A book with extracts from President Xi Jinping's discourses on respecting and protecting human rights demonstrates how China conducts its people-centered approach to human rights protection with solid actions, officials and experts have said on Dec. 28 at a meeting where Chinese and foreign readers shared their views on the book..
It also provides guidance for a wide range of developing countries to find their own paths toward human rights protection according to their own domestic conditions, they added.

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