China will­ing to ac­cept ad­vice on hu­man rights, not bias

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­ Han Baoyi in Geneva con­trib­uted to this story.

China will take into con­sid­er­a­tion sin­cere and con­struc­tive ad­vice on the is­sue of hu­man rights, but firmly op­poses vi­cious and ground­less crit­i­cism from a tiny mi­nor­ity of peo­ple with a po­lit­i­cal bias, For­eign Min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing said on Wed­nes­day.

Her re­marks came af­ter the United Na­tions re­viewed China’s hu­man rights record on Tues­day.

The re­view fol­lowed a visit to Geneva, Switzer­land, of a Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion, led by Vice-For­eign Min­is­ter Le Yucheng, with the del­e­ga­tion an­swer­ing more than 300 ques­tions from 150 coun­tries in an open, can­did, in­clu­sive and co­op­er­a­tive way, Hua said.

The re­view is part of the UN’s pe­ri­odic re­view process for ev­ery mem­ber state’s record on hu­man rights.

“There is no per­fec­tion, but only im­prove­ment, as far as the is­sue of hu­man rights is con­cerned. China is will­ing to ex­change its ex­pe­ri­ences with other coun­tries with a re­spon­si­ble at­ti­tude on the ba­sis of equal­ity and mu­tual re­spect in or­der to achieve com­mon progress,” Hua said at a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence in Bei­jing.

This is the third UN re­view of China’s hu­man rights record af­ter ear­lier re­views in 2009 and 2013.

Dur­ing the re­view, the Chi­nese del­e­ga­tion in­tro­duced the achieve­ments China has made in the field of hu­man rights since 2013, ex­plained its view of hu­man rights in the new era and in­di­cated China’s plans for guar­an­tee­ing and pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment of hu­man rights go­ing for­ward.

The del­e­ga­tion also an­nounced 30 new mea­sures that China will take for the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights.

Ac­cord­ing to Hua, Le said that China has achieved in sev­eral decades what it took de­vel­oped coun­tries cen­turies to achieve, and more than 1.3 bil­lion peo­ple are now liv­ing peace­ful, free and happy lives with­out fear of war or of be­ing dis­placed.

It is un­doubt­edly the fastest progress in the field of hu­man rights in his­tory, and it is also China’s great con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of hu­man rights around the world, he was quoted as say­ing.

On Mon­day, more than 100 pho­tos and 10 short videos were shown at an ex­hi­bi­tion at the UN Palace of Na­tions in Geneva un­der the ti­tle “Devel­op­ment of Hu­man Rights in the New Era in China”.

Le said the ex­hi­bi­tion shows “China has made re­mark­able progress in pro­mot­ing the right to sub­sis­tence and devel­op­ment”.

Lu Guangjin, sec­re­tarygen­eral of the China So­ci­ety for Hu­man Rights Stud­ies, said, “China has com­bined the prin­ci­ples of uni­ver­sal hu­man rights with its ac­tual sit­u­a­tion, while suc­cess­fully em­bark­ing on a route to­ward the devel­op­ment of hu­man rights that is com­pat­i­ble with its na­tional con­di­tions.”

Am­bas­sador Farukh Amil, the per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Pak­istan to the UN, said that the ex­hi­bi­tion tells an im­por­tant story.

“There can be mis­ap­pre­hen­sions and mis­con­cep­tions on ex­actly what has been go­ing on in China. So, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant for China to show its true face and all that is tak­ing place,” he said.

There is no per­fec­tion, but only im­prove­ment, as far as the is­sue of hu­man rights is con­cerned.” Le Yucheng, vice-for­eign min­is­ter

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