China publishes human rights white paper

May 14, 2013 at 11:47 AM

BEIJING, May 14 (UPI) -- Living standards, development and social security have made gains in China, the government said in a human rights report published Tuesday.

The Chinese government published a white paper on its human rights developments in 2012.

"The cause of human rights in China has entered a stage of planned, sustainable, steady and comprehensive development," a portion of the report was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as saying.

The report said development was "key to solving all existing problems" in human rights in China. Human rights director at Sichuan University Zhou Wei said the report shows the Chinese government is committed to a "far-sighted" approach on human rights.

"After years of unremitting efforts, China has reached a higher level in terms of people's living standards, democracy, rule of law, cultural development, social security and environmental protection," the report says.

A report published Tuesday by Human Rights Watch said there's a history of serious abuses targeting the estimated 4 million sex workers in China.

"In China, the police often act as if by engaging in sex work, women had forfeited their rights," China director at Human Rights Watch Sophie Richardson said in a statement.

"The government must abandon its repressive laws against sex workers, discipline abusive police, and end the suppression of sex workers rights advocates."

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