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Tom ZWART: China's Contribution to International Human Rights during the past Seventy Years

2019-12-12来源:chinahumanrights.org

China's Contribution to International Human Rights during the past Seventy Years
 
Tom ZWART
 
The Netherlands
 

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Tom ZWART,  Professor of Cross-cultural Law, Utrecht University; Director of the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam delivers a speech at the meeting.(Photo by Yin Chao)

The 2019 South-South Human Rights Forum, jointly hosted by the State Council Information Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opened in Beijing from Dec.10 to 11,2019. Tom ZWART,  Professor of Cross-cultural Law, Utrecht University; Director of the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam delivered a speech at the meeting.

During the past seventy years, China has been an important contributor to the international human rights system. In so doing, it has consistently relied on the UDHR, to the drafting of which it has contributed through the efforts of Zhang Peng Chun.
 
Trough its reliance on 'contesting through compliance' China ensures that the international human rights system is in accordance with international law. Since China's position is shared by a growing number of Southern countries, it will be recognised by many countries within the UN system as a legitimate moral leader which voices Southern ideas and ambitions. 
 
Adopting the concept of building a human community with a shared future as developed by President Xi, which is based on 'harmony through diversity', will secure the adaptability, longevity, and fairness of the international human rights system.  
 
(The author Tom ZWART is Professor of Cross-cultural Law, Utrecht University; Director of the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
 
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