Posted by: Martin Fox | April 13, 2009

China releases first human rights action plan

Nice, positive message for the start of the week. Way to go China.

Peace out – Martin Fox with the Center for Global Leadership.

China releases first human rights action plan – AP Story

China released its first human rights action plan Monday, pledging to improve the treatment of minorities and do more to prevent the torture of detainees but said that raising living standards would remain a central goal.

The two-year plan promises the communist government will do more to prevent illegal detention and torture, and to boost the overall living standard of minorities, women, the unemployed and the disabled. But it says a central tenet of its policy remains ensuring Chinese people have the right to make money.

Joshua Rosenzweig, research manager for the Dui Hua Foundation, a U.S.-based human rights group, said the plan was notable because it seemed to have more input from academics, activists and other elements of civil society than the government’s previous human rights reports. He also said issuing a plan with benchmarks, instead of a report summing up past progress, was also an “important step.”

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