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Landmark legislation removes barriers for disabled, elderly


30th June 2023

Landmark legislation removes barriers for disabled, elderly

A new law on building a barrier-free living environment was adopted by Chinese lawmakers on Wednesday during a three-day session of the Standing Committee of the 14th National People's Congress.

The law, which will take effect on Sept. 1, 2023, consists of eight chapters and makes provisions regarding the construction of accessible facilities, accessible information exchanges and social services, guarantee measures, supervision and management, and liability.

It is the first time that China has enacted a specific law on the construction of a barrier-free living environment, which aims to improve the daily lives of both disabled and elderly people.


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