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Village law on agenda

CHINA'S top legislature is to consider a draft revision of its Organic Law of Villagers' Committees at a bimonthly session from December 22 to 26, the legislative body said yesterday.

The draft revision will undergo its first reading, according to a meeting presided over by top legislator Wu Bangguo and attended by vice chairpersons and the secretary-general of the National People's Congress Standing Committee.

China had pledged to push forward revision of the Organic Law of Villagers' Committees in its National Human Rights Action Plan published in April, to enhance "the level of villagers' self-governance and democratic management."

Lawmakers will continue to review draft laws on tort liability, island protection, social insurance and military mobilization, as well as draft amendments to the law on renewable energy and the electoral law.

They will consider a bill on a draft resolution to convene the third annual session of the 11th NPC, and a bill from the State Council on ratifying a United Nations supplementary protocol on human trafficking.

A pact on criminal judicial assistance between China and Malta will also be discussed.


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