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Independent Expert on Effects of Foreign Debt on Human Rights of the United Nations Human Rights Council Visits China

2015/07/06

At the invitation of the Chinese government, Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, independent expert on effects of foreign debt on human rights of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) paid a visit to China from June 29 to July 6, 2015.

Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Hua held talks with Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky and introduced China's achievements in human rights, Chinese aids to foreign countries, China's efforts to promote South-South cooperation and others. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky paid visits to a dozen of governmental departments in charge of affairs such as aids to foreign countries, finance, fiscal affairs, education and public health as well as financial organizations like China Development Bank and Export-Import Bank of China. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky held discussions with experts and scholars in concerned fields and enterprise representatives, and went to Shanghai to learn about the construction of Shanghai Financial Center and others.

The Chinese side and Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky conducted open and candid communication on how China's aids and loans to foreign countries promote the economic, social and cultural rights of people in recipient countries, China's foreign debt reduction and relief, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and other issues. Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky made positive comments that China's aids and loans to foreign countries have successfully promoted economic and social development in recipient countries, acknowledged China's achievements in poverty alleviation and other Millennium Development Goals, appreciated China's initiative to establish AIIB, and expressed that he will promote and introduce China's practice and experience on aids and loads to foreign countries to other countries.

The post of independent expert on effects of foreign debt on human rights was established in 2000 with major job responsibilities including researching the effects of financial problems like foreign debt on human rights, gathering successful practices of different parties and making proposals. The current expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky took office in June, 2014.

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