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Responsibilities and Working Mechanism of National Human Rights Education and Training Bases
December 04,2014   By:CSHRS

By Chang Jian

On July 22, 2014, the second group of national human rights education and training bases was announced, increasing the number of national bases from the previous three to a total of eight, which reflects the advancement of human rights education and training in China and has far-reaching significance.

Establishment of such national bases is not only an implementation of the National Human Rights Action Plan, but also an innovation in China’s human rights education and training jointly boosted by the Ministry of Education and the State Council Information Office. The National Human Rights Action Plan (2009-2010) called for choosing a few higher-learning institutions that have led in human rights education to become national human rights education and training bases. The State Council Information Office, which chairs the interagency coordination meeting, consulted with the Ministry of Education to create such national bases, which aroused a strong reaction both at home and abroad and received broad coverage by both domestic and overseas media. During routine review of human rights conditions in China by the United Nations Human Rights Council, various countries cited several times the national human rights education and training bases and China’s National Human Rights Action Plan. The National Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015), which was approved in 2012, called for adding at least five new national bases by 2015. To meet the requirement, the Ministry of Education and the State Council Information Office organized expert panels on March 17 to review all 10 institutional applicants, choosing Shandong University, Wuhan University, Renmin University of China, Fudan University and the Southwest University of Political Science and Law as the second group of national human rights education and training bases.

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The establishment of the national human rights education and training bases is a national action that shows a clear stand and real actions by the Chinese government to respect and ensure human rights. It is also a basic effort toward promoting human rights education, training and knowledge popularization that offers experience to other countries and therefore draws extensive attention from the rest of the world.

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