Chinese judicial authorities pledge to strengthen protection for women and children

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China’s top court and procuratorate presented their work reports at the current two sessions on Tuesday, highlighting the protection of women and children, an issue that received a lot of attention during the sessions. annual legislative and political consultation, where legislators and political advisors also made suggestions or proposals to combat human trafficking.

Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), and Zhang Jun, attorney general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), delivered the work reports at the ongoing fifth session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC).

Zhou said that for crimes that challenge law and ethics, such as those that harm women, children and the elderly, the death penalty should be approved according to law.

In 2021, the SPC issued 3,356 restraining orders to protect victims of domestic violence, improve work on family education, and strengthen the protection of soldiers and their families.

The court also handled cases involving damage to the reputation of heroes and martyrs, Zhou said.

Zhou also promised tough penalties for sexual abuse and the trafficking and purchase of women and children in 2022.

Zhang said in the SPP work report that the prosecution of human trafficking will continue to be strict, pledging to solve long-pending cases and take a firm stance in prosecuting suspects involved in the kidnapping and human trafficking.

Delivered on International Women’s Day on Tuesday, the two reports focused on protecting women’s rights and garnered widespread public support, following a controversial trafficking case that revealed the need for continued efforts in this area.

A policewoman promotes anti-trafficking information to students at a primary school in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu Province, March 7, 2022. Photo: VCG

A policewoman promotes anti-trafficking information to students at a primary school in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu Province, March 7, 2022. Photo: VCG

During the two current sessions, lawmakers and policy advisors have also made various suggestions and proposals to address the issue, including the creation of a national DNA database to help identify abducted women and children.

Liu Hongyu, a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), said that while DNA information is required for household registration, or hukou, the buyer will not be able to file relevant documents for the purchase. trafficked person, which could help solve this thorny problem.

Qi Mei, an NPC deputy, proposed increasing the penalties for buyers of abducted women and children regardless of their treatment of abductees to increase the cost of crime and deter potential buyers.

Big data and artificial intelligence should also be used to eradicate the buyer’s market and make it a social consensus to suppress and report human trafficking, lawmakers said.

The Ministry of Public Security has launched a national campaign that will continue until the end of 2022 to crack down on the trafficking of women and children. As new cases drop dramatically, observers said it was important to investigate past cases, rescue and resettle victims.

Yu Maoyu, deputy chief of the SPC general office, told reporters that handling cases with high public attention is not only about inherent rights and wrongs, but also an “open legal class” for the public, setting standards. values ​​and rules that society should adopt.

“People’s courts should not only administer justice, but also uphold the basic concepts of fairness and justice,” Yu said.

The SPC activity report cites several cases that have had a profound social impact, including those involving the damage to the reputation of the late agronomist Yuan Longping and the defacing of martyrs’ tombstones.

The SPP has also raised public lawsuits affiliated with civil lawsuits for cases endangering the reputation of heroes and martyrs. It has also strengthened the protection of soldiers and their families, firmly safeguarding the interests of national defense.

Zhou stressed that crimes endangering national security, such as those inciting subversion of state power, espionage and secret cults, as well as those hampering public order, are severely punished.

He pledged to firmly uphold national sovereignty under a long-armed foreign jurisdiction.

Observers noted that both work reports underscored that the focus of the country’s judicial work is people-centred. The concept is not abstract, but it is evident in the cases and the data, and the main thing is to give everyone the feeling that justice is done and fairness is respected.

Faced with the increase in Internet-related crimes, senior judicial authorities have also stepped up their work in cracking down on relevant cases, including Internet fraud, violation of privacy and the spreading of rumors that jeopardize the reputation of citizens.

The CPS work report found that background checks were carried out for 7.5 million people in industries that have close contact with minors in 2021, and 2,900 people were fired for having bad records , excluding safety hazards around children.

The SPP advised the prosecution of guardians or the revocation of guardianship in 758 cases, up 47.8% from the previous year, and signed 190,000 orders requesting better care for children, in order to protect children from abuse.

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