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China and Germany Hold the 16th Human Rights Dialogue

On September 8, 2020, Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Yang Tao and Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid of the Federal Republic of Germany Bärbel Kofler co-chaired the 16th China-Germany Human Rights Dialogue. Representatives from the Supreme People's Court of China, the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Justice of China, and the Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community and Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection of Germany were present.

The Chinese side expressed, in the past more than eight months, 1.4 billion Chinese people have made tremendous efforts in fighting COVID-19, have achieved major strategic results, and forged a great anti-pandemic spirit featuring putting people's lives first, nationwide solidarity, sacrifice, respecting science and a sense of shared destiny, which has reflected the people-centered value and represents the best human rights.

The Chinese side emphasized, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region now enjoys sustained economic development, social harmony and stability, continuous improvement of people's livelihood. People of all ethnic groups there live and work in peace and contentment, with all their rights fully guaranteed in accordance with law. The enactment and implementation of The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region not only safeguards the basic rights and freedoms enjoyed by Hong Kong residents, but also contributes to the long-term and sustained implementation of the "one country, two systems". The Chinese side requested the German side to respect the basic facts and abide by the Charter of the United Nations (UN), in particular the basic norms of international relations such as non-interference in other countries' internal affairs.

The Chinese side expressed concern over the far-right ideology, violations of the rights of detainees, poor oversight of law enforcement of the police and violations of human rights in counter-terrorism in Germany. It is hoped that the German side will attach importance to and address these issues.

Both sides said, under the current international situation, multilateralism must be upheld and the UN should continue to work on the three pillars of the UN, namely peace and security, development and human rights.

Source: MFA

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