China com­mit­ted to hu­man rights cause

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By FU JING and LIU JIA in Amsterdam

China is com­mit­ted to push­ing for­ward global gov­er­nance on hu­man rights, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior of­fi­cial.

Cui Yuy­ing, vice-min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice, made the re­mark on Sun­day at the open­ing cer­e­mony of the third Europe-China Sem­i­nar on Hu­man Rights at Vrije Univer­sity Amsterdam in the Nether­lands.

Cui, who is also deputy head of the publicity depart­ment of the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, re­it­er­ated Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s pro­posal to build a com­mu­nity of shared destiny for mankind.

“China is not only the ini­tia­tor of this con­cept, but is a firm ad­vo­cate and prac­ti­tioner,” she said.

Xi’s com­ments, made in Jan­uary at the United Na­tions, have drawn wide­spread at­ten­tion from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

Tom Zwart, di­rec­tor of Vrije Univer­sity’s Cross-Cul­tural Hu­man Rights Cen­tre, said Xi’s con­cept re­gard­ing global gov­er­nance also ap­plies to the field of in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights.

“It in­di­cates the di­rec­tion to­ward strength­en­ing EU-China col­lab­o­ra­tion in the field of hu­man rights as well,” Cui said.

She said that hu­man rights can be en­hanced glob­ally through open di­a­logue and con­crete co­op­er­a­tion, de­spite dif­fer­ent cul­tures, so­cial sys­tems and paths of development.

The an­nual sem­i­nar was estab­lished by the China So­ci­ety for Hu­man Rights Stud­ies to gear up in-depth ex­changes and mu­tual learn­ing be­tween China and Europe.

More than 50 ex­perts and ob­servers from Europe and China par­tic­i­pated in the two-day event, with the theme of pro­tect­ing the rights of peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

In talking about the do­mes­tic sit­u­a­tion, Cui un­der­lined China’s firm de­ter­mi­na­tion to safe­guard equal rights and com­mit­ment to im­prove the well-be­ing of more than 85 mil­lion peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties in the coun­try.

“The govern­ment’s goal is to suc­ceed in build­ing a welloff so­ci­ety in an all-around way by 2020,” Cui said.

“Re­gard­less of the dif­fer­ences be­tween us, we are seek­ing bet­ter co­op­er­a­tion to move to­ward a bet­ter future,” said Pierre Ber­cis, pres­i­dent of the France-based New Hu­man Rights Foun­da­tions.

Con­tact the writ­ers at fu­jing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Cui Yuy­ing, vice-min­is­ter of the State Coun­cil In­for­ma­tion Of­fice

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