Wang Chen, minister in charge of the Information Office of the State Council, delivered a speech Thursday at a meeting on the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010).
Following is the full text of his speech, under the title of "Adhering to the Scientific Outlook on Development that puts people first, actively promoting the implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan of China."
On April 13 this year, after being approved by the State Council, the Information Office of the State Council published the National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2009-2010). It is China's first national plan on the theme of human rights, and serves as a phase-in policy on advancing China's human rights cause in a comprehensive way. The formulation and publication of the plan, which is an event of political significance in China, has won domestic acceptance and approval while arousing wide public attention and receiving favorable comments from the international community. After the plan was publicized, relevant departments of the central government and state organs, and governments at all levels nationwide have attached great importance to it. Based on the principle of "assuming respective roles and clearly dividing labor and responsibilities," they have incorporated the plan into their work and adopted effective measures to implement it based on mid- and long-term work plan in respective fields. Government departments, enterprises and institutions, social groups, non-governmental organizations, media organizations, academic and research institutions and the general public have also been actively involved in the popularization, education and dissemination of the action plan and pushed for its implementation.
According to what stipulated in the action plan, an "inter-agency meeting mechanism for the National Human Rights Action Plan," composed of relevant state legislative and judiciary departments and functional departments of the State Council, in which the Information Office of the State Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly take a leading role, will lead and coordinate the implementation, supervision and evaluation of the action plan. Recently, the inter-agency meeting mechanism for the National Human Rights Action Plan has instructed relevant departments and government institutions to deliver a report on implementation of the action plan and has organized staff from relevant departments, experts and scholars to carry out corresponding research and investigations.
Based on the results of research and investigations, the inter-agency meeting mechanism organized a three-day mid-term appraisal meeting on the implementation of the action plan. More than 200 officials from more than 50 central government departments and state organs, together with experts and scholars, attended the meeting. A total of 47 officials from relevant government departments delivered speeches on the implementation of the action plan in their respective units. Participants to the meeting made a comprehensive summary on the implementation of the action plan, had an in-depth analysis on problems emerging during the process of implementation, and put forward opinions and suggestions on how to better carry out the action plan in the next phase and made corresponding arrangements.
From what had been observed in the appraisal process, the National Human Rights Action Plan was well or relatively well implemented up to date. All targets and tasks set by the action plan were fulfilled in time. For most of the targets and tasks which are expected to be finished in two years, 50 percent, or even 65 percent for some, have been accomplished so far. Although the global financial crisis continues to take its toll and domestic economic and social development is faced with various challenges, with concerted efforts and joint endeavor, people from relevant departments, institutions and various social circles have overcome a variety of obstacles and earnestly implemented all tasks set by the action plan. They have greatly promoted the development of human rights cause and made remarkable achievements in this regard, and laid a solid foundation for comprehensively fulfilling all the targets and missions stipulated in the action plan.
On behalf of the inter-agency meeting mechanism, I would like to extend here our heartfelt thanks to relevant central and local departments and people from various social circles for your hard work and contribution in implementing the action plan.
In 2009, the lingering global financial crisis continued to affect China's economic and social development. The country not only coped actively with the challenges arising from the global financial crisis, but also made tremendous progress in implementing the action plan. This year, the Chinese government has adhered to the Scientific Outlook on Development that puts people first, and been persistent in implementing the National Human Rights Action Plan while actively coping with the global financial crisis and keeping the national economy develop in a steady and relatively fast manner. It had incorporated the concept of safeguarding human rights into economic, political, cultural and social construction sectors as well as legislative, judiciary, governance and executive branches. The country has put people's rights to subsistence and development on top of its human rights protection cause. On the basis of ensuring sound and fast economic and social development, the country has lawfully guaranteed members of the society to have equal rights to participation and development, boosted the comprehensive development of China's human rights cause and effectively raised the country's overall level in safeguarding human rights.