China will release its first national action plan on human rights early next
year, a senior government official said today.
"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 Information
Office, told reporters.
The action plan is being drafted by a panel from the office and Foreign
Ministry, joined by more than 50 departments, public associations and
non-governmental organizations, he said.
The Chinese 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 on what it is going to do in this
Wang said the action plan is written 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.