One third of targets in China's human rights action plan overfulfilled: report

13:18, July 14, 2011      

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More than one third of the targets set by China's first human rights action plan have been "overfulfilled," says a report on Thursday.

The Assessment Report on the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010), released by the State Council Information Office, says 35 percent of all the binding targets set by the plan had been "met ahead of time."

More than 50 percent of the targets concerning people's wellbeing had also been met ahead of time, the report says.

In the past two years, 22.7 million urbanites found jobs and 19.39 million rural laborers moved to cities or towns and landed jobs there, which were 26.1 percent and 7.7 percent higher, respectively, than the targets set by the action plan, it says.

The registered urban unemployment rate stood at 4.1 percent by the end of 2010, lower than the 5-percent target set by the action plan, it says.

The per capita disposable income of urban residents reached 19,109 yuan (2,953.48 U.S. dollars) in 2010, 3,328 yuan higher than the target, it added.

The report also says that the task of ensuring people's environmental rights and interests was overfulfilled.

"By the end of 2010, the ratio of energy consumption per unit of GDP, the amount of chemical oxygen demand and the emission of sulfur dioxide had met or exceeded the targets set by the action plan," it says.

The country had also fulfilled or overfulfilled the targets including forest coverage, grassland improvement, treatment of degraded grasslands, effective utilization of irrigation water, protection of natural wetlands, forest ecosystem and wildlife, and comprehensive treatment of soil erosion.

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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