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China and Norway Hold the 13th Round Table on Human Rights and Justice

2010/06/12

From June 10 to 11, 2010, the 13th China-Norway round table on human rights and justice was held in Beijing. Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin and Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs Gry Larsen co-chaired the meeting.

Liu introduced the new achievements China has made in recent years in terms of coping with the international financial crisis, improving people's livelihood, developing social undertakings and further strengthening democracy and legal system. He noted that China-Norway round table on human rights and justice, with diversified forms and wide participation, has become a successful model of equal exchange and friendly dialogue between countries with different social systems and eastern and western civilizations after 13 years of exploration and development. China expects to continue to strengthen dialogue and exchange on human rights, increase mutual understanding and broaden consensus with all countries including Norway on the basis of equality and mutual respect and jointly push forward the healthy development of international human rights cause.

Larsen spoke highly of China’s huge achievements in the field of human rights and said that Norway-China exchange and cooperation on human rights develop steadily and enjoy fruitful results which Norway admires. The round table has become a useful platform for both countries to make in-depth exchange on the issue of human rights and promoted the development of bilateral relations. Norway is willing to work with China to boost the development of the round table.

During the two-day meeting, the Chinese and Norwegian delegates held in-depth discussions on the rights of workers, detainees and prisoners and ethnic minorities, the freedom and social responsibility of media and other topics.

Liu also held consultations on human rights with Larsen during the round table. They mainly exchanged views on the issues of freedom of speech, right of ethnic minorities, role of NGOs and cooperation of Human Rights Council.

Nearly 70 delegates from the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress, the Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the United Front Work Department, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University and China Renmin University on the Chinese side as well as the supreme court, the ministry of foreign affairs, the department of justice, trade union confederation and bar association of Norway attended the round table.

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