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Supreme People’s Court celebrates the rule of law

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12-04-2014 20:35 BJT

China is marking its first Constitution Day, and the Supreme People’s Court has held a ceremony in celebration of it. Chief Judge Zhou Qiang made a keynote speech, in which he said December 4th is more than just another official ceremony. It’s a mark of the nation’s development as it works toward the realization of the rule of law.

Taking an oath of allegiance to the highest law of the country.

They are judges from the Supreme People’s Court, and they pledged allegiance to the Constitution and vowed to defend justice and fairness of the law and serve the people.
Chief Judge Zhou Qiang hailed the significance of the day.

"The Constitution Day is very important to promote the awareness of the country’s fundamental law, so that the Constitution may be fully implemented and thus play a key role in advancing reform and the rule of law," Zhou said.

Students, sodiers and people from all walks of life attended the ceremony.

Nine representatives shared their stories about how the rule of law has changed their lives and how the Constitution affects everyone’s daily life.

Chief Judge Zhou Qiang stressed that Dec. 4 should not be only a day for public celebration, but rather a day to remind all Chinese people they can be the real beneficiaries of the government mechanism for protecting their constitutional rights.

"I’m very touched after hearing the stories of the people. We celebrate the Constitution Day today not only because the Constitution serves as a guarantee of the socialist path with Chinese characteristics. More importantly, it will raise the awareness among the public to understand and respect the Constitution so as to uphold the rights of people and advance the rule of law in China," Zhou said.

The spirit of the Constitution highlights several core concepts including acknowledgment of the Constitution’s supreme status, people’s democracy, equality before the law, judicial independence, human rights, rule of law and the leadership of the Communist Party of China.

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