A joint press conference on releasing a guideline on law-based punishment against illicit behaviors and crimes impeding epidemic prevention and control was held in Beijing on Feb 10.
Officials from the Office of the Commission for Overall Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee, the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Justice attended the press conference.
Lei Dongsheng, Deputy General-Secretary of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee, said at the press conference that the third meeting of the Commission for Overall Law-based Governance of the CPC Central Committee profoundly pointed out the important role of rule of law in epidemic prevention and control and provided fundamental guidance for concertedly advancing the prevention and control work on a legal track and resolutely winning the battle against the virus.
Lei stressed the importance of the three "stick to" principles, calling for sticking to the people-oriented developmental ideology by making people's lives and health top priorities, sticking to the important role of rule of law in consolidating the fundamentals, stabilizing the anticipation and benefiting the development for the long haul even in the most difficult stage of epidemic prevention and control, and sticking to improving the capability for law-based governance and comprehensively advancing all aspects of law-based governance.
Fu Zhenghua, Minister of Justice, pointed out at the conference that the guideline provides strong legal support for the smooth implementation of the measures for epidemic prevention and control.
According to Fu, the guideline is targeted, operational and systemic. It emphasizes law-based severe punishments against illicit or criminal behaviors that impede epidemic prevention and control, provides an effective legal guidance for improving relevant law enforcement work, enhancing the crackdown on violence against medics and punishing various illegal pricing practices, and adopts successful practices of local authorities in handling illicit or criminal behaviors so as to ensure the consistency of legal policies.
Fu said the next step is to actively and effectively carry out the guideline by strengthening publicity work, personnel training, supervision and overall coordination.
Yang Wanming, Vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, introduced the main content of the guideline, pointing out that the guideline responds to public concerns by laying out ten major law enforcement and judicial policies on punishment against relevant crimes and singling out specific crimes subject to law-based severe punishment. It also asks for a multi-dimensional evaluation approach to ensure the quality of the work.