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08:19, September 22, 2009

Chinese expert calls for dialogue on human rights protection


Luo Haocai (L), president of the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), speaks during a seminar organized by Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) in Brussels, capital of Belgium, Sept. 21, 2009. Luo said on Monday that protecting human rights is the common wish of mankind and China would like to intensify dialogues and exchanges with countries around the world in this regard. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

A visiting Chinese expert said on Monday that protecting human rights is the common wish of mankind and China would like to intensify dialogues and exchanges with countries around the world in this regard.

Luo Haocai, president of the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), said at a seminar organized by Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) that since the founding of the People's Republic of China 60 years ago, China has made historic breakthroughs in the cause of human rights.


Luo Haocai (C), president of the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), speaks during a seminar organized by Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) in Brussels, capital of Belgium, Sept. 21, 2009. Luo said on Monday that protecting human rights is the common wish of mankind and China would like to intensify dialogues and exchanges with countries around the world in this regard. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)

Luo, who is leading a delegation from CSHRS, said that China has also developed a model with its own characteristics regarding the protection of human rights since it introduced the reform and opening-up policy 30 years ago.

The president said the leading feature of China's model is putting people first. "China adheres to one basic idea in its human rights protection, that is the idea of people-oriented scientific development."

Luo said another feature of China's model of human rights protection is giving top priority to protecting the people's right to subsistence and development.

Concerning the best model to protect human rights, the president said, the local people are best equipped to decide which model is the most proper one for a country.

Luo said that great changes have taken place since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted at the United Nations 61 years ago, and the concept of human rights is constantly evolving and "the scope and concept of human rights should be broader."

He pointed out that the values of Asian countries were not sufficiently reflected in the past and it's time to incorporate the values of Asian and developing countries in the concept of human rights.

"As inhabitants on the same planet, we should intensify dialogues and exchanges on human rights protection and bring lasting peace to the world," Luo said.

As host of the seminar, Jonathan Holslag, head of research at BICCS, presented Europe's view concerning China's human rights protection.

Holslag agreed that Europe and China should engage in more dialogues to further promote the protection of human rights.

He said the two sides need to "formulate more specific options for the EU and China to collaborate on human rights and especially to overcome the differences" because the differences in perceptions are "extremely troublesome for the further development of our relations."

China Society for Human Rights, which was founded in 1993, is anon-governmental organization dealing with human rights issues in China. It enjoys consultative status in the United Nations and has carried out extensive exchanges and cooperation with UN agencies and human rights agencies in other countries that increase mutual understanding.

Source:Xinhua

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