July 01,2022   By:en.humanrights.cn
China, like-minded countries call for efforts to promote economic, social, cultural rights amid COVID-19
China and a group of countries called for eliminating the gap of inequality when realizing people's economic, social and cultural rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 1.
Introducing a draft resolution on behalf of Bolivia, Egypt, Pakistan, South Africa and China at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council, China's permanent representative to the UN Office in Geneva Chen Xu said the pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to the economic and social development of all countries, especially developing countries.
From: Xinhua
Air quality in China continues to improve
Air quality in China is continuing to improve with the country experiencing 21.3 days defined as smoggy last year, 2.9 days fewer than the previous year and 35.9 days fewer than in the peak in 2003.
Favorable meteorological factors and pollution reduction measures contributed to the progress, according to the 2021 Atmospheric Environment Meteorological Bulletin issued by the China Meteorological Administration on April 1.
From: China Daily
Sewage management system improving quality of water
China's efforts in beefing up sewage management has brought significant improvement to water quality in the country's longest watercourses and largest enclosed sea, according to the Ministry of Ecology and Environment.
The ministry has managed to figure out the locations of all sewage outlets that empty into the Yangtze River and the Bohai Sea, after it rolled out campaigns to screen for such outlets in 2019, said Vice-Minister Qiu Qiwen at a news conference organized by the State Council Information Office on April 2.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
UN General Assembly adopts resolution to suspend Russia from Human Rights Council
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on April 7 that allows the assembly to suspend the Russian Federation's membership in the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
The draft resolution, "Suspension of the rights of membership of the Russian Federation in the Human Rights Council", obtained 93 "yes" votes and 24 "no" votes from the 193-member General Assembly. A total of 58 countries abstained. Eighteen countries did not participate in the voting.
From: Xinhua
Chinese vice premier calls for all-out efforts to stabilize employment
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on April 7 called for all-out efforts to stabilize and expand employment. 
Hu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while chairing a symposium on the employment situation.
The stability of employment should be placed in a more prominent position, Hu said, urging relevant departments to solve difficulties faced by enterprises in a timely manner and continue to improve employment services.
From: Xinhua
New report shows consistent racial inequality in U.S.
Black Americans still lag behind White Americans when it comes to racial equality across economics, employment, education, health, housing, social justice and civic participation as a new report shows Black people get only 73.9 percent of what their white counterparts enjoy.
The 2022 Equality Index of Black America only enjoys an improvement of 0.2 percentage points from the revised 2020 index of 73.7 percent, according to the annual "State of Black America" report released on April 12 by the National Urban League, a civil rights organization founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City.
From: Xinhua
Chinese envoy calls for comprehensive measures to address conflict-related sexual violence
A Chinese envoy on April 13 called on the international community to take comprehensive measures to address conflict-related sexual violence.
The UN secretary-general's report shows that sexual violence continues to be used as a tactic of war and terrorism, causing profound suffering to vulnerable groups such as women and girls, Dai Bing, China's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, said at a UN Security Council open debate on conflict-related sexual violence.
From: Xinhua
China condemns US human rights reports
The United States' annual human rights reports and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's accusations made against the Chinese government are "full of political lies and ideological bias", Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on April 13.
The US attacked China's political system and human rights situation in the "2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" issued on April 12. At a news conference on the same day, Blinken attacked the Chinese government over issues related to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the Tibet autonomous region.
China is strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to the reports and Blinken's claims, which "disregard facts and confuse right with wrong", Zhao said.
From: China Daily
Report exposes rising anti-Asian racism in United States
The China Society for Human Rights Studies on April 15 released a report, exposing growing anti-Asian racism in the United States.
The United States still takes pride in recognizing itself as a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant country, the report says, noting that Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans are subject to discrimination and violations in various forms and cannot fully enjoy their human rights.
The report consists of three parts: Asian Americans facing rise in racist attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic; racism against Asian Americans not unique to the coronavirus pandemic; and reasons behind the rising anti-Asian sentiment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
From: Xinhua
China meets 8 environmental targets
China has fulfilled all eight obligatory targets for environmental protection in 2021, the Minister of Ecology and Environment, Huang Runqiu reported to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on April 18.
There has been continuous improvement in air quality, with cities at the prefecture-level and above experiencing fairly good air quality 87.5 percent of the time last year, beating the annual target by 2.3 percentage points.
From: chinadaily.com.cn
China Focus: China mulls tougher law against women trafficking
Chinese lawmakers are considering a draft law revision to provide tougher rules against trafficking women.
The draft revision to the Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women was submitted on April 18 to the National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee for a second reading.
The draft proposes a "mandatory reporting and screening mechanism" to swiftly identify and handle crimes against women.
From: Xinhua
Xinjiang shares information on social, economic development with Omani guests
China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on April 19 held a video conference jointly with the Chinese Embassy in Oman to share information on the region's social and economic development with its Omani guests.
At the conference held in the regional capital of Urumqi, Nurem Simayhan, deputy chairman of the regional government, said that no terrorism case has been reported for five consecutive years in Xinjiang. He said that the sense of fulfillment, happiness and security of people of all ethnic groups has been continuously enhanced.
From: Xinhua
Working people in Xinjiang enjoy labor rights: Official
Workers of all ethnic groups in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region enjoy the right to choose their own occupation voluntarily, a spokesperson for the regional government said on April 22.
"Xinjiang follows the relevant conventions and initiatives of the International Labour Organization, strictly implements national laws, and strives to ensure that workers of all ethnic groups work on the premise of freedom," said Xu Guixiang at a press conference held in Beijing.
From: Xinhua
Legal transparency key to judicial reform
China has advanced judicial reforms and built a more fair, efficient and authoritative socialist judicial system over the past 10 years, benefiting the public in various ways, officials said on April 22.
Judicial institutions have followed a people-centered and fact-based approach in carrying out the reforms, which have been underway since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in 2012, said Jing Hanchao, deputy secretary-general of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee.
Sewage treatment to improve in rural China
China will improve sewage treatment in its vast rural areas and the rural life sewage treatment rate will reach 40 percent in 2025 from 28 percent in 2020, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment said on April 22.
Government organs, market entities and villagers will be encouraged to join hands to achieve the goal, the ministry said.
From: Xinhua
China ready for larger contributions to global health
President Xi Jinping said on April 25 that China stands ready to make greater contributions to the health of humanity by enhancing public health exchanges and cooperation with the international community.
Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory message to the International Forum on the 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Artemisinin and on Building a Global Community of Health for All in Beijing.
Public voices play key part in nation's lawmaking process
Public opinion has played a strong role in the lawmaking process over the past 10 years, ensuring laws and regulations embody the people's common will and interests, a senior legislator said.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, China has expanded channels to listen to people's voices at every step of the lawmaking process, including drafting, deliberation and adoption of legislative items, Xu Anbiao, deputy head of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, China's top legislature, said on April 25.
Advance team for UN human rights chief arrives in China
The advance team for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights arrived in China on April 25, in preparation for the visit of High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in May, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on April 25.
From: CGTN
China opposes U.S. interference in Tibet-related issues: FM spokesperson
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said on April 26 that China firmly opposes U.S. interference in China's internal affairs on Tibet-related issues under the pretext of religious freedom.
Wang made the remarks at a regular press briefing in response to a statement put out by the U.S. State Department urging China to disclose the whereabouts and the well-being of the "reincarnation" of the Panchen Lama.
From: Xinhua
Vice premier stresses rectifying problems in consolidating poverty-alleviation achievements
Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on April 26 called for efforts to rectify all irregularities found in a national evaluation on the consolidation of poverty-alleviation achievements.
Hu, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks while addressing a video conference in Beijing.
From: Xinhua
Chinese political advisors pool wisdom on rural healthcare
China's top political advisory body convened a biweekly consultation session on April 26 at which attendees contributed their suggestions on promoting healthcare in rural areas.
Presiding over the session was Wang Yang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.
From: Xinhua
More support set for payrolls, job creation
China will provide greater policy support to keep payrolls stable and boost job creation, in a bid to ensure steady economic performance, according to a decision made at a State Council executive meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang on April 27.
"Now we need to place greater importance on stabilizing employment. The new round of COVID flare-ups has hit employment quite hard. More forceful measures will be taken to enable the early resumption of full-capacity production of enterprises on the basis of sound COVID-19 control," Li said.
From: China Daily
China actively promotes environmental protection for half a century: minister
China has made resolute efforts to strengthen environmental protection over the past 50 years following the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972, Minister of Ecology and Environment Huang Runqiu said on April 29.
Huang made the remarks while addressing the Stockholm+50 stakeholder consultation in China via video. The ongoing event, co-organized by the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Environment Programme, takes place from April 27 to 29 in Beijing.
From: Xinhua
Over 81% of senior citizens fully vaccinated in China
About 215 million people aged 60 and above, or 81.44 percent of the age group, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on the Chinese mainland, a health official said on April 29.
Nearly 160 million of them also got a booster shot, said Wu Liangyou, deputy head of the disease control and prevention division of the National Health Commission (NHC), at a press conference, noting that the vaccination speed for the age group is accelerating.
From: Xinhua

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