A meeting held in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 to assess the results of China's first action plan on human rights, the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). [Photo: CRIENGLISH.com/ Xu Leiying]
China's first national human rights plan has been well implemented, said Wang Chen, Director of the Information Office of the State Council on Tuesday in Beijing.
China published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010) in April 2009.
By the end of 2010, all measures stipulated in the Action Plan had been put into practice, with all the goals achieved and tasks fulfilled in the time allotted, Wang Chen said, making the remarks at a meeting in the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing, which had been convened to assess the results of the action plan.
Wang said that in 2009 and 2010 China faced a difficult economic situation due to the global financial crisis. Despite the economic slump the Chinese government put in a great deal of effort to improve the overall living standards of the Chinese people.
"During these two years, China's GDP registered an average annual growth rate of 9.77%. In 2010 the Chinese urban residents' disposable income increased by 11.3% over the previous year, while net income of rural residents increased by 14.9%."
Steps to improve the people's livelihoods have always remained high on government agenda. Over 50 percent of the targets concerning people's livelihoods in the Action Plan were met ahead of time, Wang Chen added.
"An additional 22.7 million urban workers were employed over these two years. Over 90% of the country's population is now covered by basic medical insurance. The nine-year compulsory education system covers 100% of the national population."
Assistant Foreign Minister Wu Hailong said that China energetically participated in international exchanges and cooperation concerning human rights. During the two years China held human rights discussions and consulted with the EU, the US, the UK and other countries.
"We assert that for developing countries, rights to subsistence and development are the most important fundamental human rights. We advocate talks and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect. Due to our continuous efforts, China's ideas and position concerning human rights has gradually won understanding and support from an increasing number of countries."
More than 200 people attended the meeting, including officials from state organs and representatives of mass organizations, nongovernmental organizations and research institutions.
Wang Chen announced at the end of the meeting that China will initiate a new phase of the National Human Rights Action Plan during the period between 2012 and 2015 with the aim of expanding democracy, enhancing the rule of law whilst improving people's livelihoods and safeguarding human rights. 1 2