Comments of Dr Yu Xuejun, Spokesperson for NPFPC and Director General of the NPFPC Department of Policy and Legislation on the Preliminary Results of Investigating Family Planning Practices in Linyi City of Shandong Province
The National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC) received earlier this year successive complaints about the practices that infringed upon citizens’ rights and interests and violated relevant laws and regulations in the implementation of family planning activities in a few localities in Linyi City of Shandong Province. NPFPC and the Shandong Provincial Population and Family Planning Commission made follow-ups immediately and dispatched two joint investigation teams to Linyi to assess the true situation. According to the results of preliminary investigation, some persons concerned in a few counties and townships of Linyi did commit practices that violated law and infringed upon legitimate rights and interests of citizens while conducting family planning work. Currently, the responsible persons have been removed from their posts. Some of them are being investigated for liabilities and some have been detained. Competent authorities will further address the issue in line with their statutory mandates and procedures.
NPFPC has required staff members of the population and family planning sector to learn lessons and draw inference from this case. They are requested to act responsibly, carry out self-supervision and correct any infringements on citizens’ rights. NPFPC will organize systematic training activities on “rule of law” and “quality of care” in reproductive health and family planning.
The PRC Law on Population and Family Planning stipulates that “when promoting family planning, the people’s governments at all levels and their staff members shall perform their administrative duties strictly in accordance with law, and enforce the law in a civil manner, and they may not infringe upon legitimate rights and interests of citizens”. The staff in the population and family planning sector at all levels must carry out their duties in accordance with law and safeguard legitimate rights and interests of citizens accordingly. NPFPC has constantly requested the population and family planning programme managers and service providers to strictly follow all the regulations in the Law on Population and Family Planning, and regards the promotion of rule of law on all fronts as one of NPFPC priorities in its population and family planning programme of the new era.
The National Workshop on Rule of Law in Population and Family Planning which is to be held soon will further upgrade understanding and implementation of rule of law in population and family planning in accordance with the spirit of the State Council’s Implementation Outline for Promoting Rule of Law on All Fronts. This includes the system for rule of law, pursuing responsibility for administrative mistakes, and enforcing rule of law. NPFPC will make all-round efforts to enhance the level of rule of law and resolutely safe guard legitimate rights and interests of citizens.