China News Agency, Beijing, May 28 (Xinhua) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet visited China in late May.
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu was interviewed by reporters on May 28, and introduced the relevant situation of China's reception of Bachelet's visit to China.
Ma Zhaoxu said that at the invitation of the Chinese government, Ms. Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, paid a visit to China from May 23 to 28.
This is Ms. Bachelet's first visit to China since she took office as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and it is also the first time that China has received a visit from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 17 years.
President Xi Jinping met with Bachelet by video on May 25.
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Bachelet. The heads of the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, and the All-China Women's Federation met and held talks with her respectively. .
Ma Zhaoxu said that the two sides conducted extensive and in-depth exchanges in the spirit of mutual respect and honesty.
The Chinese side gave a comprehensive and in-depth exposition of China's human rights development path, philosophy and achievements. The two sides exchanged views on global human rights governance, multilateral human rights work, cooperation between China and the OHCHR and other issues of common concern.
Ma Zhaoxu pointed out that during his stay in Guangzhou, Bachelet visited projects reflecting China's grassroots democracy, poverty alleviation, judicial protection, environmental protection, people's livelihood protection, protection of the rights of specific groups, and human rights education.
During his stay in Xinjiang, China gave Bachelet a comprehensive introduction to Xinjiang's measures and achievements in counter-terrorism and de-radicalization, economic and social development, ethnic and religious, and labor rights protection. , experts and scholars and other people from all walks of life to discuss and exchange.
Ma Zhaoxu said that with the joint efforts of both sides, the visit has achieved positive and practical results.
The first is to enhance the understanding of China's human rights development path.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the Communist Party of China has united and led the Chinese people to achieve the first centenary goal as scheduled, and China's human rights cause has made remarkable achievements.
During his meeting with Bachelet, President Xi Jinping elaborated in depth on major issues concerning the development of China's human rights cause based on Chinese history and culture, and expressed the principled position of the Chinese party and government to safeguard and protect human rights in an all-round way, emphasizing that the Communist Party of China From the day it was born, it has taken the pursuit of happiness for the Chinese people and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as its original mission, and has been fighting for the interests of the people for more than 100 years.
The people's yearning for a better life is our goal.
After a long period of hard work, China has successfully embarked on a human rights development path that conforms to the trend of the times and suits its national conditions.
We continue to develop people's democracy throughout the process, promote the protection of human rights and the rule of law, and maintain social fairness and justice.
The Chinese people enjoy broader, fuller and more comprehensive democratic rights.
Bachelet experienced the whole process of the practice of people's democracy at the grassroots level in China in the new countryside of Guangzhou, learned about the role of high-tech in promoting the protection of the rights of specific groups in the elderly service center and the disabled rehabilitation base, and observed the world in the Guangzhou Internet Court. Leading practice in the judicial protection of human rights in the digital field, learning about the practices of Chinese companies in fulfilling social responsibilities, promoting environmental protection and sustainable development in the Circular Economy Industrial Park, delivering a speech at Guangzhou University, and communicating with teachers and students on respecting and protecting human rights.
The Chinese side emphasizes that the historic achievement of China's human rights cause proves that China's human rights development path is successful and effective.
The second is to clarify China's proposition to promote global human rights governance.
Under the influence of a century of changes and the epidemic of the century, hegemonism, racism, protectionism, and narrow nationalism are on the rise. Global human rights governance has been severely impacted, and double standards have prevailed.
During his meeting with Bachelet, President Xi Jinping clearly pointed out that the most important thing at present is to do four things well: First, adhere to the people-centered approach, take the people's interests as the starting point and end point, and strive to let the people live a happy life.
The second is to respect the human rights development path of each country, and support each country in exploring its own human rights development path based on its own reality and the needs of its people.
The third is to make overall plans to take into account all kinds of human rights, comprehensively implement policies, and systematically promote them.
We must strive to achieve higher-quality, more efficient, more equitable, more sustainable and more secure development, and provide a strong guarantee for the development of human rights.
The fourth is to strengthen global human rights governance, abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, carry forward the common values of all mankind, and promote the development of global human rights governance in a more fair, just, reasonable, and inclusive direction.
China gave Bachelet a comprehensive introduction to China's active participation in global human rights governance.
China earnestly fulfills its international human rights obligations, and has ratified or acceded to 29 international human rights instruments.
China has been a member of the Human Rights Council five times, one of the countries with the most elections.
China has put forward a series of initiatives, including development to promote human rights, cooperation to promote human rights, issues left over from colonialism, opposition to racism and racial discrimination, promotion of fair distribution of vaccines, and opposition to unilateral coercive measures, which have won the support and support of the international community, especially developing countries. echo.
The Chinese side pointed out that the promotion and protection of human rights is the common cause of all mankind, the global human rights governance should be jointly discussed by all countries, and the achievements of human rights development should be shared by the people of all countries.
China will continue to practice genuine multilateralism, stand on the right side of history, actively conduct human rights dialogue and cooperation with all parties, expand consensus, reduce differences, learn from each other and make progress together.
The third is to strengthen cooperation between China and OHCHR.
China attaches great importance to UN human rights affairs and is willing to make efforts to promote the international human rights cause.
During the visit, China and OHCHR fully exchanged views on deepening bilateral cooperation and reached broad consensus.
The two sides agreed to establish an annual high-level strategic dialogue mechanism to discuss human rights issues of common concern at the international, regional and national levels; Cooperation between digital space and human rights, judicial protection of human rights and other issues; China is willing to provide more support for the UN human rights work.
These specific measures not only help promote cooperation between China and OHCHR, but also make new contributions to the international human rights cause.
In response to the politicization and instrumentalization of multilateral human rights institutions such as the Human Rights Council in recent years, China has clearly pointed out that some Western countries themselves have made bad deeds on human rights issues. Rumors, interfering in other countries' internal affairs and wantonly attacking and smearing other countries under the pretext of human rights issues have turned multilateral human rights institutions into arenas for "name and humiliation" and "group confrontation".
The above situation has seriously poisoned the atmosphere of international human rights cooperation, which must be taken seriously and changed.
Fourth, experience a real Xinjiang.
For some time, some Western countries and anti-China forces have fabricated and hyped sensational lies of the century on the so-called Xinjiang-related issues under the guise of human rights, to serve their political plan of "using Xinjiang to control China".
The Chinese side pointed out that the Xinjiang-related issue is not a human rights issue at all, but a major issue of safeguarding national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity.
All ethnic groups in Xinjiang are members of the big family of the Chinese nation.
In the past few years, Xinjiang has been deeply affected by terrorism and religious extremism. We have cracked down on violent and terrorist activities in accordance with the law, safeguarded the safety of life and property of people of all ethnic groups, and the human rights of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang have been effectively guaranteed.
Thanks to unremitting efforts, Xinjiang has been free from violence and terrorism for more than five consecutive years. The society is safe and stable, development continues to improve, and the people live and work in peace and contentment.
All foreign people from all walks of life who have visited Xinjiang believe that what they have seen and heard in Xinjiang is completely different from the demonized reports by Western media.
During Bachelet's visit to Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region gave a comprehensive introduction to China's ethnic and religious policies, Xinjiang's counter-terrorism and de-radicalization measures and achievements.
Bachelet visited the ancient city of Kashgar, went deep into the cotton fields, and felt the progress Xinjiang has made in inheriting and protecting the traditional culture of ethnic minorities, promoting development, and improving people's livelihood.
Watch the exhibition on the theme of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization, and learn more about the legal and policy framework, practice and effectiveness of counter-terrorism and de-radicalization in Xinjiang.
Face-to-face communication with religious figures to learn about Xinjiang's legal respect for and protection of Muslims' right to freedom of religious belief.
During the discussion with people from all walks of life in Xinjiang, Bachelet listened to the opinions of civil representatives in women, health, justice, labor and other fields.
Dark clouds cannot cover the sun, and all Xinjiang-related lies and rumors will be self-defeating in the face of facts.
China has stated its solemn position on the so-called Xinjiang-related report, emphasizing its firm opposition to fabricating false information to smear and attack China.
It must be pointed out that some Western countries have spared no effort to interfere and sabotage the High Commissioner's visit to China for ulterior political purposes, but their attempts have not succeeded.
Ma Zhaoxu finally emphasized that human rights protection is not the best, only better.
China will continue to unswervingly follow the path of human rights development that suits its own national conditions, and promote the common values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy and freedom for all mankind. All parties should work together to actively carry out international human rights exchanges and cooperation, deeply participate in global human rights governance, jointly promote the healthy development of the global human rights cause, and promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.