Party Congress delegates: Party and government doubling efforts to safeguard human rights
The report to the 19th Party Congress has set safeguarding human rights as one of the country's top priorities, drawing widespread attention. Song Yushui, vice president of the Beijing Intellectual Rights Court, said China's justice system has put quite a big emphasis on protecting human rights these years.

“The courts nationwide acquit over 3,800 defendants over years. For example, the case of Nie Shubin (a misjudged case that has gained nationwide attention). With all the people wronged being released without charge, people in the society recognize the importance the government has attached to human rights protection and right to life.

“For civil cases, if all of the prosecution's conditions are met, the plaintiff’s right to initiate legal proceedings must be secured. If the plaintiff needs a lawyer, we would provide him with legal aid. All in all, there will be a series of measures to protect people's legitimate rights.” she said.

Xu Jimin, the director of Jiangsu Xu Jimin Law Firm, told that following the reform of filing system, which has been changed to registration, if people get in trouble, they could easily initiate a lawsuit.”

“Prior to the opening of the 19th Party Congress, the Ministry of Justice worked hand in hand with the supreme court to operate an inclusive experimental network of criminal defense, in bid to further strengthen measures to protect human rights.”

Based on Chinese media coverage, in 2016, the Supreme People's Court and CCTV, China's national broadcaster jointly issued a list of 10 legal cases that have pushed legal system construction forward, which included Nie Shubin's case.

In 1995, Nie Shubin was sentenced to death for allegedly raping and purposely killing a woman. 21 years later, the supreme court acquitted him.

“We have recently gone through many protracted cases and reduced the number of undue detainments from 4,000 to zero. This is quite a breakthrough, which helps to safeguards rights of persons concerned,” Shi Jinglan, a prosecutor with the procuratorate in Pudong area of Shanghai said at the press meeting. 

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