The Blue Book on Law-based Governance in China (2017) was published and the Seminar on Development and Prospect of Chinese Law-based Governance was held on March 22 in Beijing. This seminar was co-sponsored by the Institute of Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and Social Sciences Academic Press. The Blue Book released an evaluation index system of protection of children's rights developed by the Center for National Index of Rule of Law of the CASS.
According to reports, the establishment of this index system truly reflects the reality of protection of children's rights in China. On the one hand, it shows the achievements of protection of children's rights and the overall improvement of children's lives and education in China. On the other hand, it uses data and comparative analysis to find the existing problems and corresponding countermeasures, so as to specify the direction for future protection of children's rights in China.
The design of this index system strictly follows four basic principles. Set by law, this index system is objective and impartial with an emphasis on key issues and appropriately forward-looking. It covers 5 first-class indexes, namely children's rights to life, education, welfare, social environment, and judicial protection, 15 second-class indexes and over 100 indexes of third-class and fourth-class. The evaluation index system of protection of children's rights uses empirical methods to make an objective standard for accurately assessing the legal protection status of children's rights in China. It can objectively reflect the achievements and problems of protection for children's rights and promote the theory and practice of legal protection for children's rights to a new level.
The Blue Book states that children's rights are an important part of human rights. The protection of children's rights needs to rely on laws and its effectiveness is closely linked to the future of our country. Protection of children's rights in China has achieved remarkable results. Children's living conditions, health status, right to education and welfare have been continuously improved. The social environment for children has become more secure, and the mechanism of children's judicial protection has been increasingly perfected.
The Blue Book also pointed out the problems with protection for children's rights in China. Society still need to improve awareness, equalization and the cultural environment to protect children's rights.
It is reported that the evaluation formally launched in 2018 will select part of the indicators as parameters to test the protection of children's rights in 31 provincial-level administrative regions except Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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