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China and EU Hold 33rd Round of Human Rights Dialogue

2014/12/09

On December 8, 2014, the 33rd round of China-EU Human Rights Dialogue was held in Brussels, Belgium. The Dialogue was co-chaired by Director-General of the Department of International Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Li Junhua and Director for East Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service Gerhard Sabathil of the EU and attended by officials from Supreme People's Court, the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the State Council Information Office and the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council. Both sides candidly exchanged their respective views on human rights and discussed on issues including international cooperation in human rights and rights of women. The Chinese side comprehensively briefed on its human rights progress in various fields, especially the decisions to comprehensively advance rule of law, which was mapped out at the fourth plenary session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. The Chinese side noted that China has found out the development path of human rights conforming to its national conditions and hoped that the EU could objectively view China's achievements in human rights based on the principle of equality and respect, enhance mutual understanding through dialogues, and conduct constructive cooperation. China also expressed its concerns over the issues including rights guarantee of the Romani people and women in the EU.

After the Dialogue, the heads of the Chinese and EU delegations jointly met with the press and briefed on the Dialogue. They agreed that the Dialogue is helpful to enhance mutual understanding. Both sides also answered relevant questions from the reporters.

The Chinese delegation also met with Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis of the EU.

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