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China Says It Is Ready To Release Human Rights Plan

November 4, 2008

China will issue a “human rights action plan” that an official said will seek to improve citizens’ rights over the next two years, state media reported Tuesday.

The action plan would be the first of its kind for this one-party state that faces constant criticism from international rights groups for censorship and jailing peaceful dissidents and protesters, as well as rising demands from increasingly assertive citizens.

An official in the government’s public relations department said the plan showed the ruling Communist Party was committed to improving citizens’ rights.

“Respecting and protecting human rights…is an important objective and principle of the Chinese Communist Party and the government,” Wang Chen of the State Council Information Office told the official Xinhua news agency.

He did not say when the plan will be released.

The document will be drafted with contributions from courts, the Party-run parliament and non-government groups, and will include proposals to “expand democracy and strengthen rule of law,” the report said.

Wang did not mention any participation from the powerful ministries of public security and state security, which oversee the government’s sweeping powers to detain citizens.

(Reporting by Chris Buckley; Editing by David Fox, Reuters)

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Vietnam, Switzerland hold human right dialogue

March 16, 2008

VietNamNet Bridge – The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Switzerland held the 6th annual round of their dialogues on human rights in Bern , Switzerland, on March 13-14.

At the dialogue, the two sides exchanged information and their points of view on various issues of common concern.

The officials focused their discussions on the two countries’ cooperation at the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council as well as other international organisations.

Other issues relating to criminal law, gender equality, and rights of minority groups were also put on the table.

The two sides shared the same view on many issues and agreed to increase technical cooperation in discussed issues.

The Vietnamese side reiterated the country’s basic policies on human rights, its willingness to hold dialogues and boost cooperation with other countries in human rights issue based on equality and mutual respect, and its efforts to ensure people’s religious and belief freedom.

The Swiss side appreciated Vietnam ’s achievements in various spheres, particularly in socio-economic development.

They committed to further cooperation programmes with Vietnam and give technical and financial assistance to areas that serve the country’s demands.

 

(Source: VNA)