China drafts new human rights action plan

12:45, July 13, 2011      

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China is drafting a new national human rights action plan for the next four years to improve the country's human rights record, people's wellbeing and expand democracy.

The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2012-2015), the country's second document of the kind, will set "comprehensive and systematic" goals in various fields of human rights and measures to achieve the goals, said Wang Chen, director of the State Council Information Office (SCIO).

The new action plan will be made, implemented and supervised by a joint meeting mechanism led by the SCIO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and composed of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions, Wang said at an assessment meeting of the 2009-2010 plan, the country's first human rights action plan, on Tuesday

The new plan will be guided by the Scientific Outlook of Development and the spirit of expanding democracy, strengthening rule of law, improving people's wellbeing and safeguarding human rights, he said.

The new plan will also incorporate parts of the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) and the mid- and long-term development plan of various government departments, he said.

Source: Xinhua
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