China raises compensation for victims of criminal offenses

08:54, May 05, 2011      

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The daily compensation for victims of criminal offenses has been raised to 142.33 yuan, up 16.9 yuan from that in 2010, according to a circular issued by the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) Wednesday.

The adjustment was in line with the hike in daily wages across the country, according to the circular.

China's amended State Compensation Law, which took effect on Dec. 1, 2010, stipulates that daily compensation for those victims of criminal offenses, whose personal freedoms are compromised, should be in line with the employees' average daily wage in previous year.

Figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday showed that the average annual wage of the workers in urban non-private sectors increased 13.5 percent to 37,147 yuan in 2010, or 142.33 yuan (21.92 U.S. dollars) each workday.

The average annual wage of the workers in urban private sectors was 20,759 yuan.

To ensure the victims lawful rights and interests, the amount of daily compensation was designated as equal to the comparatively higher daily wage of the workers in urban non-private sectors, said the circular.

Additional money should be added into the compensation applied for "serious mental impairment," the State Compensation Law also stipulated.

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