Ex­perts: Up­hold eth­nic mi­nori­ties’ rights

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By TANYINGZI in Chongqing tanyingzi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

The world should respect the cul­tural and re­li­gious di­ver­sity of eth­nic mi­nori­ties while pro­tect­ing their ba­sic hu­man rights, said ex­perts at an in­ter­na­tional meet­ing on Wed­nes­day in Chongqing.

More than 50 re­searchers from China and Euro­pean coun­tries gath­ered at the 2016 China-Europe Sem­i­nar on Hu­man Rights, or­ga­nized by the China So­ci­ety for Hu­man Rights Stud­ies, to dis­cuss pro­tec­tion rights.

They cov­ered a wide range of is­sues, in­clud­ing the pro­tec­tion of their cul­tures, lan­guages and liv­ing en­vi­ron­ment, as well as le­gal and eco­nomic rights.

Cui Yuy­ing, vice-minister of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, said that China has achieved new progress in hu­man rights in re­cent years, es­pe­cially in the pro­tec­tion of Chi­nese eth­nic mi­nori­ties’ rights and cul­tures.

“I hope the schol­ars from of eth­nic mi­nori­ties’ home­and abroad can en­hance ex­changes and com­mu­ni­ca­tions on hu­man rights pro­tec­tion, build trust and deepen co­op­er­a­tion through this plat­form,” she told the sem­i­nar.

Tom Zwart, direc­tor of the Nether­lands School ofHu­man Rights Re­search, said China has made big con­tri­bu­tions to the in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights cause but has failed to get credit for this.

“China should find an in­no­va­tive way to tell the sto­ries. Chi­nese schol­ars should in­crease their com­mu­ni­ca­tion with other coun­tries and share their views with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” Zwart said.

Be­fore the sem­i­nar, the ex­perts vis­ited an ethic mi­nor­ity au­ton­o­mous county in Peng­shui, Chongqing, which is home to the Miao and Tu­jia eth­nic mi­nori­ties.

They toured a lo­cal farm to learn about a poverty al­le­vi­a­tion project for eth­nic mi­nori­ties and ex­pe­ri­enced Miao cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties at a tourism site, part of an ef­fort to pre­serve tra­di­tion and pro­mote the lo­cal econ­omy.

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