China advances cause of human rights despite challenges of global financial crisis: report

11:01, July 14, 2011      

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Although facing challenges posed by the global financial crisis, China still makes significant progress in the cause of human rights, says a report released Thursday.

During 2009 and 2010, an unprecedented global financial crisis spread throughout the world, which "imposed a heavy toll on global economic and social development and posed severe threat to people's life and human rights," says the Assessment Report on the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010), released by the State Council Information Office.

Facing this tough situation, the Chinese government "persistently incorporated addressing the financial crisis and maintaining sound and relatively rapid economic and social development with implementing the action plan and advancing the cause of human rights," says the report.

It says the government integrated expanding domestic demand, adjusting the economic structure and maintaining economic growth with improving people's livelihood, and took prompt measures "with an investment of over four trillion yuan (615.38 billion U.S. dollars)."

The government also accelerated subsidized housing projects, rural infrastructure construction, health care and education projects, railway, highway and airport construction, and ecological and environmental construction, and raised rural and urban residents' incomes, especially that of low-income groups, the report says.

In 2009 and 2010, China's GDP increased by 9.2 percent and 10.3 percent, urban residents' disposable income by 9.8 percent and 7.8 percent, and rural residents' net income by 8.5 percent and 10.9 percent respectively over the previous year, it says.

China's "unremitting efforts" to address the global financial crisis not only ensured its stable and relatively rapid economic development and the continuous improvement of its human rights situation, but also made significant contributions to "helping other countries shake off the financial crisis, achieve economic recovery and improve their people's wellbeing," says the report.

The 56-page report makes an overall assessment of the implementation of the action plan, and specified China's efforts of safeguarding people's economic, social and cultural rights as well as their civil and political rights.

The Information Office of the State Council published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) in April 2009. It is China's first national plan on the theme of human rights, and serves as a policy document for advancing China's human rights in a comprehensive way.

Source: Xinhua
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