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China promotes world’s human rights cause

By Zhong Sheng (People's Daily)

17:12, May 29, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

Anyone taking an objective look at the real changes in China would see clearly that China has made solid progress in human rights protection, and contributed significantly to the development of the international human rights cause.

First, the Chinese government takes respecting and protecting human rights as a basic principle for governing the country. The core of China’s Scientific Outlook on Development is to put people first, which theoretically covers respecting and protecting human rights.

Second, China has formed a legal system with the Constitution as its core to protect human rights. In March 2004, respecting and protecting human rights was written into the country’s Constitution, and thus gained great political and legal status. In 2007, China enacted the Property Law to strengthen the legal protection of citizens’ property rights, as well as the Labor Contract Law, Employment Promotion Law, and Labor Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Law to improve the protection of labor rights. In 2008, the country ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and passed the revised Law on the Protection of Disabled Persons. In 2010, the country amended its Electoral Law to increase the diversity of deputies to the People’s Congresses, demonstrating equality before the law and regional and ethnic equality. It adopted the revised State Compensation Law in the same year, which improved state compensation procedures, allowed compensation for mental injuries, and increased compensation standards. In 2011, the National People’s Congress passed the eighth amendment to the Criminal Law, reflecting a greater respect for and enhanced protection of human rights. The revised Criminal Procedure Law enacted in March this year enhanced the exclusion of illegally obtained evidence and the protection of human rights.

Third, the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) made China one of the 26 countries that have responded to the United Nations’ call to establish a national human rights plan. The plan represented the Chinese government’s solemn commitment to the human rights cause, and contained various tasks based on the characteristics of the country’s human rights cause. By the end of 2010, all tasks in the plan had been accomplished on schedule, marking a new stage of China’s human rights cause. The country is currently developing its second national human rights action plan.

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