Beijing, The Gulf Observer: Carrying forward the common values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom for mankind, China will unswervingly promote and protect human rights and actively participate in global human rights governance to push for greater development of the global human rights causes, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday.
Wang, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks while delivering a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of an international symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in Beijing.
The symposium, hosted by the China Foundation for Human Rights Development, welcomed guests, including high-level officials from Asian, African, Latin American and European countries, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and envoys to China, scholars and representatives of social organizations.
Wang noted that the declaration holds great significance in the history of the development of human civilization and has a profound impact on the development of the global human rights causes.
The international community has worked together to achieve the goals of the UDHR and promoted the protection of human rights over the past 75 years, he said, adding that the global human rights system has been improving and human rights protection in various countries has become more powerful.
The CPC and the Chinese government have always placed the promotion and protection of human rights in an important position and insist on integrating the universal principle of human rights with China’s reality, which embarked on a human rights development path that conforms to the trend of the times and suits China’s national conditions, Wang said.
China has better-protected people’s right to survival and development, Wang said, adding that absolute poverty has been solved, the poverty reduction goals of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development have been achieved 10 years ahead of schedule and more than 1.4 billion Chinese people have entered a moderately prosperous society in all respects.
Adhering to the people-centered approach, China has continued to develop a whole-process people’s democracy, enriching the forms of democracy.
The rights of all ethnic groups have been more comprehensively implemented, Wang said, adding that China’s Xizang Autonomous Region demonstrates vibrancy, and that people of all ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have worked together to build the core area of the Silk Road Economic Belt and set up a pilot free trade zone.
The preservation of cultural rights in Xizang reflects China’s progress in human rights. Over the past few decades, Xizang has organized large-scale and systematic surveys and collected, collated and researched cultural heritage.
Since restorative work was done on the Jokhang Temple in 1972, China has continued to invest considerable funds in maintaining and protecting the Potala Palace, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple and other cultural relics and historical sites.
Wang also noted that the legal system is constantly being improved and that the rights of women, children, the elderly and people with disabilities are fully protected.
Hailing China’s positive contribution to the global human rights causes, he said China has deeply participated in the work of multilateral human rights institutions, such as the UN Human Rights Council, and promoted the conclusion of a series of important international human rights conventions and declarations, injecting the Chinese philosophy into international human rights protection.