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China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-24 09:55
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Efforts to give disabled better access to books

The China National Intellectual Property Administration has required that efforts be made to give disabled people better access to published works, according to an interim provision issued earlier this month.

The move is part of national efforts to implement the Marrakech Treaty, an international agreement that gives people with visual or other disabilities greater access to published works protected by copyright.

The treaty went into effect in China on May 5.

According to the interim provision, authorized nonprofit entities such as libraries and schools are encouraged to convert published works into accessible versions, including Braille, audio and digital formats, for people who are blind or visually impaired, or who have physical disabilities that hinder their ability to read-for example, people who can't hold a book or turn pages.

The treaty allows for format conversions of copyrighted works without the need to seek permission from owners of the works or having to pay royalties.

However, anyone who violates the provision in ways that affect the normal use of published works or who harms copyright owners' legitimate rights, will be held accountable.

Measures to improve rural public toilets

Chinese authorities will press ahead with a package of measures to tackle problems with the construction and management of public toilets in rural areas.

According to a notice jointly issued on Aug 16 by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs and six other departments, the improvement of toilets in rural areas is important to the health and quality of life of residents.

The current distribution of toilets in some areas is inadequate, and others are not being properly maintained, the notice said.

It stressed that the number of toilets and how they are distributed should be decided in accordance with local conditions and the sizes of villages and populations, among other factors, to avoid wasting resources.

While public toilets should be built in areas where populations are concentrated, such as markets, tourist sites and along major roads, villages with fewer people should use makeshift or portable toilets to meet their needs.

According to the notice, efforts should be made to encourage rural residents to participate in the construction and management of public toilets, and to properly maintain the facilities.

Ministry urges better care for police officers

China will step up efforts to improve the care and protection provided to police officers, and see that their efforts are properly compensated, a newly released document shows.

The document, released by the Ministry of Public Security, calls for more efforts to safeguard the officers' honor, protect their physical and mental health, and effectively implement relevant preferential policies.

Honorary activities, such as promotion and awarding ceremonies, inauguration oath-taking and retirement ceremonies, should be better regulated, says the document.

It also notes that on special occasions, such as festivals and the Martyrs' Day, regular visits must be paid to police martyrs and their families, as well as model police officers and officers suffering from injuries or disabilities.

Primary-level police officers should be supplied with sufficient equipment, says the document.

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