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China and Switzerland Hold the 10th Human Rights Dialogue

2017/03/04

From March 2 to 3, 2017, Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs and Deputy Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Liu Hua co-chaired the 10th China-Switzerland Human Rights Dialogue with Special Envoy for Human Rights Issues at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Negri of Switzerland in Bern. On March 3, State Secretary of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Pascale Baeriswyl of Switzerland met with the Chinese delegation. Representatives from the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, State Ethnic Affairs Commission, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice and State Administration for Religious Affairs of China attended the dialogue along with representatives from Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Federal Department of Justice and Police, Federal Department of Home Affairs, Federal Office of Police and other departments of Switzerland.

Both sides exchanged views on the latest achievements in human rights, judicial and penal systems, rights of minorities, cooperation in international human rights, technical cooperation in human rights and other topics. The Chinese side noted that as an explorer on the development path of human rights, China has walked out a human rights development path with Chinese characteristics which is suitable for the country and gained remarkable achievements in human rights. There is no universally agreed path to human rights. As an important part of economic and social development, human rights must be advanced in light of a country's national conditions and the need of its people. Some countries' hype about a particular case not only interferes with other country's internal affairs, but also violates the real spirit of rule of law. During the dialogue, China expressed concerns over torture, police brutality, encroachment upon the rights of refugees and other issues in Switzerland.

The Chinese Delegation also visited the Bern Police Department and Bern Regional Prison, and inspected penal system, prison management and other situations in Switzerland.

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