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Ambassador Zhang Jun Spoke on Positions and Proposals on Promoting and Protecting Human Rights at the United Nations

2019-10-22 06:20

On October 22, Ambassador Zhang Jun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations, addressed the Third Committee of 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly and laid out China’s positions and proposals on promoting and protecting human rights.

Ambassador Zhang said that promoting and protecting human rights is the common ideal of humanity. At the same time, there is always room for improvement on human rights. There is still a long way to go in the journey towards common development and human rights enjoyed by all.

Countries must remain committed to building a peaceful international environment. Countries should abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect others’ sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, resolve disputes through political dialogue and consultation, and work together to build a world of lasting peace and universal security.

Countries must remain committed to building a solid foundation for development. Countries should step up efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, always put people first, focus on poverty reduction, earnestly safeguard and improve people’s well-being, uphold social equity and justice, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Countries must follow a path of human rights development suited to national conditions. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Countries need to bear in mind the practical circumstances, consider both universality and specialty, and strive to find a tailored and effective model of promoting and protecting human rights.

Countries must promote and protect human rights in the course of development. For developing countries, rights to survival and development should be the top priority and the basis for promoting all human rights in a balanced manner.

Countries must seek common progress through dialogue and cooperation. It is important to advocate extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits. All countries are equal despite their sizes. All countries’ independent choices of development path and human rights protection model should be respected. One must not interfere in others’ internal affairs or impose one’s own will onto others. Efforts should be made to promote mutual learning and harmonious co-existence among civilizations, and leave no room for hate speech claiming racial supremacy and clash of civilizations.

Ambassador Zhang said that China will continue to take part in international human rights cooperation actively and constructively to seek common progress and development with all countries in an open, inclusive, candid and cooperative spirit.

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