BEIJING, Sept. 21, 2011 -- The fourth Beijing Forum on Human Rights opened here on Wednesday, with around 100 human rights experts and officials from around the world attending the event.
Luo Haocai, President of China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHR) which sponsored this event, said at the opening ceremony that recognizing and respecting human dignity is the principle and starting point of international human rights laws, as well as the basic point of view of the Chinese government.
Luo added that China has recognized international human rights principles by approving more than 20 international treaties, and is also willing to promote global human rights exchanges and dialogues.
Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office of China, said in a speech that China has made significant progress on human rights by developing the economy and enacting laws protecting human rights.
But Wang said problems remain with China's human rights efforts due to uncoordinated economic development, such as the increasing income gap between urban and rural dwellers.
China published the National Human Rights Action Plan in April 2009, the first one of its kind that the country has made to promote human rights. The CSHR and Chinese Academy of Social Sciences jointly published the first blue book of China's human rights earlier this month, pointing out the problems and difficulties in and making suggestions for China's human rights development.
Around 100 experts and officials in human rights from 26 countries and regions and international organizations are attending the two-day forum. They will exchange views on topics of "concept of value and human rights", "cultural traditions and human rights", and "dignity and human rights".