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Human rights work gets UN stamp of approval
March 16,2019   By:China Daily

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March 16, 2019 -- Women dressed in colorful outfits perform at the 27th Silk Road Turpan Grape Festival in Turpan, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, Sept 3, 2018. [Photo provided to Chinadaily.com.cn]

March 16, 2019 -- Approving a report submitted by China during the third round of the Universal Periodic Review, the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday praised China for the progress it has made on human rights over the past five years and the positive role it has played in advancing the human rights cause.

While cooperating with the Universal Periodic Review mechanism, China actively fulfilled its international human rights obligations, continuously strengthened the protection of human rights at home, exhibited an open and confident approach to human rights and made unique contributions to the development of the UN human rights mechanism.

By advocating a diverse approach to human rights, China has helped strengthen the cooperation foundation between the UN human rights mechanism and the UN members. Still, due to the differences in their political, economic and social systems, different countries view human rights differently.

Inclusive approach to human rights

Thanks to the Cold War and the dominance of the Western concept of human rights in the past, some countries used the UN human rights mechanism as a tool to accuse other countries of violating human rights, and thus seriously affected the UN's reputation. Given the trust and cooperation crisis that emerged because of the politicization of human rights issues and some countries' lack of tolerance for diversity, China has consistently upheld the "universal and special" principle of human rights, remained committed to advancing an open and inclusive approach to human rights, advocated mutual respect and mutual learning, and urged all countries to cooperate under the UN human rights mechanism.