CRPD.C.CHN.Q.1.Add.1_en (1).doc

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publically and directly seek online comments and views of the general public and the vast majority of persons with disabilities. More than 4,100 persons with disabilities, relatives of the persons with disabilities and social workers for persons with disabilities have been elected to People's Congresses and the People’s Political Consultative Conferences above the county level, have been directly involved in the political and democratic life of the country and have exercised their rights to participate in the policy-making process. As deputies to the People's Congresses or members of the People’s Political Consultative Conferences, they participate in the consideration of the bills, motions, reports and other issues, and make positive or negative comments and suggestions on those parts of the legislation and policies that are related to persons with disabilities through submitting their study reports, proposals and other forms of papers. Issue 3 3. Please indicate what steps are being taken to eliminate the use of derogatory terminology and language concerning persons with disabilities and to promote the use of the more progressive language advocated by disabled persons’ organizations that is more in line with the social model of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In recent years, China has gradually modified and amended the relevant state laws and regulations in that the terminology used to describe people with disabilities has been changed from “ can fei ren” meaning the handicapped and useless persons” to “can ji ren” meaning “persons with disabilities” and those with mental and intellectual disabilities from “chi dai sha” meaning “idiotic, stupid and muddleheaded ”to “ jingshen can ji ren and zhili can ji ren” meaning “persons with psychiatric and intellectual disabilities”. Article 3 of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities provides: “Disparagement of and infringement upon the dignity of persons with disabilities by means of mass media or any other means shall be prohibited.” The term “persons with disabilities” has been used to describe this group of people in important state documents, such as 3
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China’s Eleventh Five-Year Plan (2006-2010), the Outline of the Work for Persons with Disabilities during the 12 th Five-Year Development Plan Period, the National Human Rights Action Plan (2009-2010) and its assessment report. The use of derogatory term and language when referring to persons with disabilities is prohibited in all media coverage. All the media should use correct terminology in compliance with the law so as to promote the use of more active and positive language in the whole society. In all the documents issued by the governments at all levels in China, only the law-provided term should be used to refer to persons with disabilities and any discriminatory terminologies are forbidden.
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