New human rights action plan targets benefits for all: official
September 30,2016   By:Xinhua
BEIJING, Sept. 30, 2016 -- China's human rights action plan, released Thursday, aims to extend the benefits of development to all, promising greater support for vulnerable groups, an official with the State Council Information Office told Xinhua. 
The National Human Rights Action Plan of China (2016-2020), which follows the two previous plans covering the 2009-2010 and 2012-2015 periods, has been designed to help everyone exercise their rights, with no distinction, the official stressed. 
To this end, the action plan pledges more resources and policy support for rural, remote and under-developed areas, and aims to ensure equal access to public services. 
Over the next five years, China will work toward eliminating gender discrimination and safeguarding the rights and interests of disadvantaged groups, the official said, adding that the aim is to ensure that everyone can benefit from China's advances. 
The action plan prioritizes the public's concerns, the official said, citing its inclusion of precision policy to help with poverty relief work, the right to property, and changes to the household registration system. 
For instance, the action plan called for "a modern property-rights system featuring clear ownership, clearly defined rights and obligations, rigorous protection, and easy transfer." 
To make this happen, the Land Administration Law should be amended and supporting laws and regulations rolled out. Moreover, a registration system for immovable and a rigorous intellectual property rights protection system, among others, should be established. 
The action plan, the official added, "synchronizes with the 13th Five-Year Plan," with the protection of human rights running in parallel with economic and social development over the next five years. 
Improving people's lives will be part and parcel of safeguarding the public's economic, social and cultural rights, according to the official. 
"The connection between social development trends and emerging issues in human rights, such as rights on the Internet, will [help us to] better protect people's civil and political rights," the official said. 
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