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Human rights forum opens in Beijing
July 24,2014   By:Xinhua

BEIJING, Sept. 12, 2013 -- The sixth Beijing Forum on Human Rights on constructing an environment for sustainable human rights development opened Thursday.

The two-day forum attracted more than 100 officials and human rights experts from the United Nations and 33 countries and regions.

Topics cover rule of law, the Internet, protection of human rights, and international cooperation in human rights issues, among others.

The forum is coorganized by the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS), the largest human rights academic group in China, and the China Foundation for Human Rights Development, a major civil group.

At the opening ceremony, Luo Haocai, president of the CSHRS and a former senior political advisor, said human rights development does not only have one path as countries face different conditions.

"Therefore, countries should seek their own roads for human rights development compatible to their economic, social and cultural development," added Luo.

Cai Mingzhao, head of the Information Office of the State Council, China's cabinet, said the Chinese Dream concept that the Communist Party of China put forward last year has its roots in human rights development, as it encourages self struggle in seeking a better life.

"The Chinese Dream has a common spirit with the world's dream," added Cai. "It can benefit not only the Chinese people but also the whole of mankind."

The annual event was first held in 2008 and has grown to be a key platform for human rights exchanges among different countries, ethnicities and cultures.