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China, Norway Hold Roundtable on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Beijing

2008/10/31

From October 30 to 31, 2008, China and Norway held the 11th annual Roundtable on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Beijing. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Jieyi and Raymond Johansen, State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, co-chaired the meeting. Liu briefed the Norwegian side about China's progress made in the cause of human rights over the past 30 years of reform and opening up, especially during the past year, saying that the Chinese government would like to cooperate with other countries on human rights issues on the basis of equality and mutual respect.Liu said the human rights roundtable has served as a platform for different civilizations to conduct equal and friendly dialogue, with various forms and extensive participation by representatives. Both sides have promoted mutual understanding and expanded the consensus through legal exchanges, on-the-spot surveys, and follow-up technological cooperation, thus pushing forward the development of the cause of human rights in the two countries. Johansen spoke highly of China's achievements on human rights, appreciating the open and frank spirit the two sides demonstrated in the roundtable and the cooperation process. The human rights roundtable is conducive to promoting mutual understanding and exchange between the two countries and boosting development of bilateral ties, Johansen said. He added that Norway would like to work with China to push forward the roundtable for continuous new achievements.

The representatives of the two sides held in-depth discussion on topics including protection of rights of workers, prisoners and minorities, agreeing to hold the 12th annual Roundtable on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Norway next year.

The roundtable gathered more than 60 representatives from China's Supreme People's Court, Supreme People's Procuratorate, United Front Work Department (UFWD) of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Justice, State Administration of Religious Affairs, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, All-China Federation of Trade Unions and All-China Lawyers' Association, as well as from Norway's supreme court, ministry of foreign affairs, ministry of justice, federation of trade unions, and lawyers' association.

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