Self-evaluationWhen the Chinese government measures its own performance, what should we expect? How much credit should we give to the report? Are there any independent sources to confirm or contradict the government's findings?
White paper hails China's progress in judicial protection of human rights
A white paper published [12 September] by the State Council Information Office hailed the new progress made in human rights protection in the field of justice as China enhances the rule of law in all respects.
The white paper, titled "New Progress in the Judicial Protection of Human Rights in China," said the judiciary is the last line of defense to safeguard social fairness and justice, and judicial protection of human rights is an important part of human rights progress in a country.
It said that in recent years… progress has been made in modernizing the system and capacity of state governance. The country has effectively protected the people's rights and freedoms in an extensive array of fields in accordance with the law, while its people duly fulfill their obligations…
[T]he allocation of judicial powers and responsibilities have been further improved, and the independent and impartial exercise of the judicial and procuratorial power ensured…
[J]udicial accountability system has been improved, while judicial transparency promoted to ensure the right to know and the right to supervise for concerned parties and the public.
Progress was also made to ensure lawyers' right of practice, so that lawyers are playing a bigger role in safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of parties concerned…
Strengthening judicial protection of human rights will continue to be a major task in implementing the rule of law, [the white paper] said…
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