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China revises laws on occupational illness prevention, Macao


09:49, January 01, 2012

Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), presides over the closing meeting of the 24th session of the 11th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 31, 2011. (Xinhua/Fan Rujun)

BEIJING, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- The National People's Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, or China's top legislature, ended Saturday its bimonthly session, adopting amendments to the Law on Occupational Illness Prevention and Control and the Macao Basic Law.

Top legislator Wu Bangguo presided over the closing meeting which was attended by 144 members.

President Hu Jintao signed presidential decrees to promulgate the two amendments.

The amendments to the Law on Occupational Illness Prevention and Control makes it clear that employers bear the full responsibility of the prevention and treatment of occupational illness and strengthens the supervision of related departments, Wu said.

The amendments also simplify the occupational illness diagnosis procedure and labor arbitration.

Wu said that draft interpretations on two annexes to the Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) clarify the methods for the selection of the SAR chief executive as well as for the formation of the SAR Legislative Council.

Wu also added that this is the first time the NPC has performed the interpretation right regarding the Macao Basic Law.

Wu reiterated the central government's determination to implement the "one China, two systems" policy and support the SAR government and the chief executive.

"We believe that the Macao SAR can maintain long-term stability and prosperity and properly handle the selection of its chief executive and council formation based on the deliberations of the NPC," Wu said.

The legislature also decided to further review amendments to the Criminal Procedural Law at the 5th session of the 11th NPC in 2012, and it adopted a decision on strengthening anti-terrorism efforts.

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