China’s first human rights action plan next year

December 30th, 2008 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 30 (Xinhua) China will release its first action plan on human rights early next year, a senior official said here Tuesday. “The document has concrete measures, including efforts in poverty reduction, protection of women and children’s rights, and (promoting) economic and social equality,” Wang Chen, minister in charge of the State Council (cabinet) Information Office, told reporters.

The action plan is being drafted by a panel of officials from the state council information office and the foreign ministry, joined by more than 50 departments, public associations and non-governmental organisations, he said.

The government issued the first white paper describing the country’s human rights situation in 1991, officially adopting the concept of “human rights” in its political strategy.

Since then, the country has issued 40 such documents on human rights protection but never a state action plan.

Wang said the action plan is being prepared to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted at the UN General Assembly in 1948. “It will also serve as a strong propeller to push forward China’s human rights cause,” he said.

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