China increases efforts to improve legal system: premier 03-05-2004 09:50

China increased its efforts to maintain law and order by taking comprehensive measures last year, focusing on high-crime areas, Premier Wen Jiabao said Friday.

"We further improved public order by cracking down more severely on violent and other serious crimes," he said in a report on the work of the government delivered at the opening of the Second Session of the Tenth National People's Congress.

"We steadfastly enforced laws in the interests of the people and maintained strict police discipline, and we concentrated on the problems of detention beyond the legally prescribed time limits and illegal use of coercive measures to protect the lawful rights and interests of citizens."

Last year, China improved the overall quality of procurators and judicial and public security officers and made full use of the important role of public security organs and armed police units in safeguarding social stability, according to the premier.

Talking about the great effort put into improving government legislation, Wen said the State Council submitted five bills in 2003, including a draft law on oversight and management of the banking sector and a draft amendment to the Foreign Trade Law, and enacted 28 administrative regulations, including the Provisional Regulations Concerning the Oversight and Management of State-owned Assets in Enterprises.

To solve problems in the handling of indigent migrants, the government formulated and implemented the Measures for Assisting Vagrants and Beggars with No Means of Support in Cities together with supporting measures. The implementation of the Legal Assistance Regulations helped solve the difficulties people in financial straits faced in filing lawsuits, said the premier.


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