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Senior Chinese expert calls for discarding "self-centered stance" on human rights issues

(Xinhua)

08:49, September 22, 2011

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- A "self-centered stance" on human rights issues should be discarded in favor of a system that features equality and mutual respect, a human rights expert said on Wednesday at an international human rights forum.

Luo Haocai, president of the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the fourth Beijing Forum on Human Rights, saying that the promotion of human rights concepts has never been a "one-man show," but is actually the result of exchanges and convergence between different cultures.

Luo said that traditional Chinese culture can help diversify the concepts of human rights. He said that dignity forms the basis of human rights concepts, and that the Chinese government places great importance on respecting human dignity..

China so far has ratified over 20 international human rights treaties, indicating its willingness to work with other countries to promote international exchanges and reach a wide consensus on human rights, according to Luo.

About 100 human rights officials an experts from 26 countries, regions and organizations are currently taking part in the two-day forum.

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