China’s Human Rights Plan: A ‘Triumph of Form over Substance’

Orwellian doublespeak? Does China’s latest human rights plan mark significant progress or reflect a gap between rhetoric and reality?

The News Lens
By: Edward White

The announcement of China’s new human rights action plan has not impressed some in the

Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像
Photo Credit: Reuters/達志影像

international community who say the country has a record of failing to deliver on its commitments to key civil and political rights.

China’s State Council Information Office (SCIO) yesterday published its third national action plan on human rights protection. State media said human rights protection in China has “moved up to a new level” but that problems remain.

“The rule of law in safeguarding human rights needs to be further promoted and more efforts are required to realize higher levels of human rights protection,” state-run Xinhua quoted from the report.

A SCIO official told Xinhua that the four-year plan promises “more resources and policy support for rural, remote and under-developed areas and aims to ensure equal access to public services.”     [FULL  STORY]