Hu­man Rights

Opin­ion.peo­ple.com.cn De­cem­ber 13

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A white pa­per re­leased by the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice on De­cem­ber 12 has sum­ma­rized China’s progress in hu­man rights pro­tec­tion over the past 40 years of re­form and open­ing up.

Ac­cord­ing to the white pa­per, China’s per-capita GDP in­creased 22.8-fold from 1978 to 2017 and the im­pov­er­ished pop­u­la­tion re­duced over 850 mil­lion in the past four decades. Free com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion has been re­al­ized in both ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas and a so­cial se­cu­rity net­work cov­er­ing the largest pop­u­la­tion in the world has been formed.

Over the past 40 years, China has formed a new hu­man rights de­vel­op­ment con­cept cen­tered around the peo­ple and up­hold­ing the right to live and de­vel­op­ment as the ba­sic hu­man rights. It has built a le­gal sys­tem for hu­man rights and pro­moted the bal­anced de­vel­op­ment of hu­man rights.

A sound so­cial sys­tem has helped the healthy de­vel­op­ment of hu­man rights. The ul­ti­mate goal of so­cial­ism—to re­al­ize com­mon pros­per­ity—has en­abled the re­sults of re­form and open­ing up to be shared by all.

How­ever, there are still some chal­lenges. China will re­main in the pre­lim­i­nary stage of so­cial­ism for a long time to come as the prin­ci­pal con­tra­dic­tion fac­ing Chi­nese so­ci­ety is be­tween un­bal­anced and in­ad­e­quate de­vel­op­ment and peo­ple’s grow­ing needs for a bet­ter life.

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