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China's top legislature ends bimonthly session, adopts mental health law

(Xinhua)

13:30, October 27, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature, wrapped up its bi-monthly session on Friday, passing a mental health law and amendments to eight existing laws.

President Hu Jintao signed presidential decrees to formally declare the decisions.

The mental health law, which was adopted after three readings, is expected to protect the rights of mentally ill people, reduce abuse and raise public awareness of mental disorders.

Under the law, there should be no infringement upon the dignity, personal safety or property of mentally ill people.

"The new law strictly standardizes the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of mentally ill people," Wu Bangguo, chairman of the Standing Committee of the NPC, said while presiding over the closing meeting.

"It has put patients' rights and the public interest in unison," he said.

"The approval of the law is important for protecting the rights of the mentally ill, raising public mental health standards, promoting the development of mental health undertakings and maintaining social harmony and stability," Wu said.

To tackle inconsistencies in the Criminal Procedure Law, which was amended in March and will take effect next January, the top legislature also passed amendments to seven laws, such as the Prison Law, Lawyer Law and other related bills.


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