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|Wednesday, June 13, 2001, updated at 08:01(GMT+8)|
CPC Dedicated to Promoting Human Rights:ExpertsThe history of the Communist Party of China (CPC), in some sense, is a history in which the CPC dedicates itself to the improvement and perfection of human rights conditions of the Chinese people, said Chinese experts on human rights Tuesday.
At a seminar marking the 80th anniversary of the founding of CPC sponsored by the China Foundation for Human Rights Development, Li Chuanhua, a renowned scholar on CPC history, said that in retrospect, CPC has fought for the improvement of human rights of the Chinese people.
He pointed out that after 28 years of struggle, the CPC led Chinese people to found the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, ushering in an unprecedented victory and creating a milestone in the human rights history of China. In new China the people themselves are the owner of the nation.
After 1949, especially since China adopted the reform and opening-up policy, China has not only bid farewell to hunger, but also scored marked economic achievements, he said.
"China has solved the problem concerning people's rights of subsistence and development and human rights conditions are better than in any other periods," he stressed.
Feng Haifa, a professor with the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said that through the efforts by three generations of leadership of CPC, China's agriculture has developed very rapidly and rural people have continuously improved their living standards.
Compared to 1949 when PRC was founded, the per capita grain output in 2000 was two times that of 1949, per capita meat production 11 times and per capita output of aquatic products 40 times, Feng said.
He pointed out that while continuously improving the rights of subsistence and development, 800 million people in rural areas have the right to choose their job and manage their own business.
Education expert, Lan Jian, said that in terms of education, CPC has made two most amazing achievements, namely, establishing a compulsory education system covering children aged below 15 and eliminating the illiteracy among young and middle-aged people.
Jiang Yongping, an associate professor with an institute under the All-China Women's Federation, said that before 1949, Chinese women often fell into subordinates to men. It is CPC that has liberated women and made them enjoy equal rights.
She said her institute conducted two surveys in 1990s, which revealed that the status of women has witnessed tremendous improvements and they have enjoyed equal rights in employment, education, politics and family affairs.
Participants all agreed that the objectives of CPC, such as "serving the people wholeheartedly", exactly demonstrate that CPC seeks happiness for the people and represents the interests of the general public.
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