China’s action plan to contribute Chinese wisdom to global human rights governance

Chinese officials answer questions about China’s National Human Rights Action Plan (2021-2025) at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: cnsphoto

Chinese experts and officials expressed support for the country’s new five-year human rights action plan for 2021-2025 at a press conference on Tuesday.

The plan brings Chinese wisdom and solutions to the global cause of human rights, and reflects China’s benefit and confidence in human rights theory, system, path and culture, said experts.

The action plan is a step-by-step political document for China to implement the principle of “respecting and safeguarding human rights” and the requirement of “promoting the comprehensive development of human rights”, the authorities said at the press conference.

This is the first declaration and roadmap for China to respect and protect human rights on the new path towards the comprehensive construction of a modern socialist China, and the fourth national action plan for human rights published by the Chinese government, which has contributed to China’s efforts for global human rights. governance.

Li Xiaojun, an official at the Human Rights Affairs Bureau of the State Council’s Information Office, said the action plan, guided by Xi Jinping’s thinking on socialism at the Chinese for a new era, highlighted the characteristics and advantages of human rights. development in China, as it reflects the overall advancement of human rights in China and highlights ecological and environmental rights, which is also convenient to implement.

The action plan contains nearly 200 objectives and tasks. It is longer than the previous one, with almost 30 additional goals and tasks. The binding targets are one-third of the total, reflecting China’s advantages and confidence in the human rights theory, system, path and culture of respecting and protecting human rights.

“China will open a new chapter in international exchanges and cooperation on human rights,” said Li Xiaomei, special representative for human rights at the Chinese foreign ministry. Li Xiaomei presented China’s goals and commitments in promoting human rights development both at home and abroad in terms of meeting its obligations under international human rights treaties. human rights, participation in international human rights work, promotion of constructive cooperation and dialogue on the ground, and contribution China’s efforts in the global cause of human rights .

Villagers attend a wedding ceremony held in Xiaohaixin Village, their new living community after poverty alleviation resettlement, in Xundian County, southwest China. Photo: IC

Responding to the question of how China would participate in global human rights cooperation, Li Xiaomei said that “China’s historic achievements in eradicating extreme poverty and building a moderately prosperous society in all respects is the best practice in the advancement of human rights. ”

“This not only wrote a new chapter in the country’s human rights cause, but also marked a milestone in the history of human rights development around the world, enriching the diversity of civilization rights and bringing Chinese wisdom and solutions to mankind, ”she added.

China’s action plan has set a new model in the world. More than 60 countries have drawn up such plans, but only China, Indonesia and Mexico have drawn up four consecutive action plans, noted Li Xiaojun.

“The United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and others have yet to formulate a national human rights action plan. plans in accordance with international standards as soon as possible, and do something to protect the rights of their own people, ”said Li Xiaojun.

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