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Foiling of US bid at UN human rights session hailed
Updated: 2004-04-17 17:02

The China Society for Human Rights Studies issued a declaration Friday, hailing the foiling of a U.S.-led anti-China bid at the 60th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.

It is the 11th failure of U.S.-led attempts to interfere in China's internal affairs on the sessions of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, the declaration says. The fact that the U.S.-led anti-China resolution has been vetoed by the majority proves once again that it is unpopular to politicize the issue and oppose China by making use of the issue of human rights, it says.

Chinese people are mostly clear-minded and have the final say about human rights in China, the declaration says.

It recalls the China's progress in the field of human rights in the past year, including the writing into the Constitution of such important human rights principles as "the state respects and protects human rights" and "citizens' lawful property is inviolable".

In the past year, China has achieved overall progress in economic, social and cultural undertakings, while the people's rights of living and development as well as their economic, socialand cultural rights have been further improved. China issued a series of new laws and abandoned some outdated regulations, in order to highlight the fundamental principles for respecting and protecting human rights.

China has entered 21 major international conventions including the "International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights" and is now studying and preparing for approving the "International Convention on Civil and Political Rights".

The declaration stresses that it is the Chinese people who are mostly concerned about the human rights situation in China and know how to improve it. Being the most populous country in the world, and having poor infrastructure and imbalanced development, China still has many problems regarding its human rights situation that are yet to be resolved. But the Chinese government has exerted enormous efforts to promote and protect human rights, it says.

It accuses the U.S. government of having ulterior motives in tabling the anti-China resolution. The United States has done so out of its own ideological bias and for its political needs, it says.

The United States has turned the sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights into an arena for political confrontation by tabling these anti-China bids, which have poisoned international relations, sabotaged international cooperation in the field of human rights, and run against the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

The declaration urges the United States to learn lessons from its failures and cherish the friendly cooperation between the two countries, stop creating confrontations by making use of the issue of human rights, and return to the correct road of equality, dialogue and cooperation.

It concludes that it is the common task of all nations to promote and protect human rights. No country in the world can boast that its human rights situation is perfect, it stresses.

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