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United Nations Human Rights Council, "Universal Periodic Review Draft Report: China," February 11, 2009
I. SUMMARY OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE REVIEW PROCESS
A. Presentation by the State under review
5. At the 10th meeting, on 9 February 2009, H.E. Mr. LI Baodong, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva made an introductory statement. China viewed the UPR exercise with importance. To prepare for China’s national report a special task force composed of members from nearly 30 national legislative, judiciary and administrative departments was established. In order that the report was as comprehensive, objective and authoritative as possible, consultations were held with nearly 20 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and academic institutions, and broad public input was sought via the
6. In 1949, the People’s Republic of China was founded and the Chinese people won national independence. A fundamental social and political system for the promotion and protection of human rights has been established in China. Since 1978 when reforms and opening up were launched the living standards of the Chinese people moved from poverty to subsistence and from subsistence to relative prosperity. The number of persons in rural areas living in poverty has fallen from 250 million to over 14 million, and per capita disposable income of urban residents has increased 39 times. China was the first country in the world to meet the poverty reduction target set in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
7. By the end of 2000 nine-year compulsory education had been made virtually universal throughout the country. Illiteracy had been essentially eliminated among the young and middle aged. China has met ahead of schedule the targets of “universal primary education” and “eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education” as set in the MDGs.
8. The average life expectancy of Chinese citizens now stands at 73 years. The maternal mortality rate is 60 per cent. The average per capita residential floor space for rural and urban residents increased four-fold in 30 years. Twelve Chinese cities have won the UN-HABITAT Award. In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that struck Wenchuan, Sichuan Province, in last May, the Chinese Government provided temporary accommodation within three months to over 10 million people affected by the earthquakes, and some 130,000 permanent residential units have been built within six months of the disaster.
9. China has worked consistently to improve its legal system. Since the reform in 1978, nearly 250 laws relating to the protection of human rights have been enacted. The notion of the rule of law and of State respect for safeguarding of human rights was codified in the Chinese Constitution in 1999 and 2004, respectively. China has continued its efforts to promote lawbased governance and to increase government transparency. A number of laws, such as the Criminal Procedure, Administrative Review and State Compensation laws, and the Regulations on Public Access to Government Information, have been promulgated to ensure citizen’s rights to be informed, to participate and to oversee governmental affairs. From the central to local governmental levels, a mechanism of public notification and public hearing has been introduced for all major decisions bearing on public interests and people’s welfare.
10. China has endeavoured to promote democracy, enhance democratic institutions, improve the system of people's congresses, and reinforce political consultations among the political parties. A system of grassroots’ self-government has been established, involving rural villagers' committees and urban neighbourhood committees. A Chinese-style democracy is characterized by democratic election, democratic consultation and democratic self-government.
11. China sought to guarantee judicial independence and the fair administration of justice through continued reform and improvements. All death sentence appeal cases were heard in open court sessions. The authority to review and approve death penalty cases has been restored to the Supreme People's Court. Increasingly procuratorial organs required audio-video recording of interrogation of persons suspected of public office abuse-related crimes. The system of people’s assessors and people’s supervisors has been improved. Supervision over the administration of justice and over the law enforcement has been improved.
12. China encouraged NGOs to play a full role in promoting and protecting human rights with over 400,000 NGOs currently registered. They were active in such fields as poverty alleviation, health, education, environmental protection, and the safeguarding of citizens’ rights, and have growing influence on China’s political and social life.
13. China pursued a policy of ethnic equality and regional ethnic autonomy. Ethnic minorities in China benefitted from special preferential policies in the political, economic, cultural and educational spheres. The Government encouraged dual- and multi-language teaching in schools of ethnic minorities, and has helped 13 ethnic minorities to create or develop their written languages. Huge investment has been made to protect the religious practices, cultural identities and other heritages of ethnic minorities.
14. China was a party to 25 international human rights instruments, and has conducted human rights dialogue with nearly 20 countries. It maintained good relations of cooperation with the OHCHR and United Nations special procedures. The delegation welcomed Ms. Pillay to visit China at a time convenient to both sides. It was also considering inviting another United Nations Special Rapporteur to visit China in 2009.
15. Since the submission of its national report, China has adopted additional measures to protect human rights. In October 2008, a decision was made to deepen the rural reforms and development, such as eliminating extreme poverty in the countryside and doubling 2008 per capita income of rural residents by 2020, gradually realizing equal treatment between rural migrant workers and urban residents, and ensuring the exercise of farmers’ democratic rights.
16. At the end of 2008, China had taken 60 more judicial reform measures, such as strengthening the system of investigation and supervision of crimes of abuse of power by public officials, and reducing punishment for minor crimes and juvenile delinquencies.
17. To tackle the current global financial crisis, the Government unveiled an economic stimulus package containing 10 major measures. Under the package, 65 per cent of the projects aim directly to benefit the life of people, including improving the wellbeing of rural residents, strengthening medical and health-care services, education and culture and other social services and programmes, accelerating the post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction, and increasing people’s income.
18. China was the world’s largest developing country and was fully aware of the difficulties and challenges it faced in the field of human rights. China had a population of 1.3 billion, and 800 million were farmers. China needed to create 24 million jobs each year. China still ranked well below 100 in terms of per capita GDP in the world. The poverty-stricken and low-income population remained vast, and the imbalances in development between urban and rural areas and among regions still persisted. Medical and health-care services and the social security system still fell short of people’s needs.
19. The Government was conscientiously implementing the Scientific Outlook on Development, an approach that placed people first, and sought to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development, in an effort to build a harmonious society with democracy, the rule of law, equity and justice. The Government would continue to give top priority to people’s livelihood, human values, people’s rights and interests, and social equity and freedoms.
20. Currently, some 50 government departments were working on a National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2010, which would soon be made public.
21. The Chinese Government resumed the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong and Macao in 1997 and 1999 respectively and established the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR) under the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”.
22. In the HKSAR, human rights and freedoms were guaranteed by the Basic Law, as well as by, inter alia, the Bill of Rights Ordinance, the Race Discrimination Ordinance, and the Independent Police Complaints Council Ordinance. The rights of special groups were also protected through such mechanisms as the Women’s Commission, the Children’s Council project, the Children’s Rights Forum, and the Ethnic Minorities Forum.
23. In the MSAR, human rights and freedoms were guaranteed by the MSAR Basic Law. To promote and protect human rights and maintain the rule of law was a cornerstone of the Macau Government’s policy. The MSAR Government continued to improve social rights, particular consideration was given to the rights of vulnerable groups, such as the disabled, the elderly, the children, the women and the persons under custody. The MSAR Government remained committed to a government more accountable to the citizens, advocated the concept of social harmony and promoted human rights development.
24. In China’s National Report, the HKSAR and MSAR Governments provided separate accounts of the situations in the territories of Hong Kong and Macao. The two regions were represented by their senior officials.
25. The delegation noted that, due to time constraints, the presentation could not cover all China’s efforts to promote and protect human rights and elaborate on its difficulties and challenges. The delegation would try its best to address questions, including those unanswered written questions in a candid and open manner and respond to the recommendations responsibly.
B. Interactive dialogue and responses by the State under review 26. During the interactive dialogue, statements were made by 60 delegations. Fifty-five delegations were not able to make their statements. * A large number of delegations congratulated China for its informative and comprehensive national report and its open presentation. Numerous delegations welcomed China’s commitment to the UPR process and its constructive and cooperative participation. Statements were made welcoming the broad-based consultation with stakeholders in the preparation of the national report.
27. Australia welcomed the considerable improvements made by China over the past 30 years, but expressed concern that Chinese officials continue to repress religious activities considered to be outside the State-controlled religious system. Noting grave concerns about reports of harassment, arbitrary arrest, punishment and detention of religious and ethnic minorities, including Tibetans, it recommended that China: (a) strengthen the protection of ethnic minorities’ religious, civil, socio-economic and political rights. While encouraged by positive developments in the handling of death-penalty cases, it remained concerned about the reportedly high number of executions and lack of transparency in such cases and recommended that China; (b) abolish the death penalty and, as interim steps, reduce the number of crimes for which the death penalty can be imposed and publish figures on executions. Welcoming the softening of media regulations for foreign journalists and encouraging China to ensure restrictions are not imposed on journalists’ access to the Tibetan Autonomous Region and to rural areas, it recommended (c) that the new regulations be extended to Chinese journalists. Australia further recommended that China (d) respond positively to outstanding visit requests by special procedures and issue a standing invitation; (e) ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)as quickly as possible and with minimal reservations; (f) establish a national human rights institution, in accordance with the Paris Principles; and (g) investigate reports of harassment and detention of human rights defenders, including alleged mistreatment while in police custody, with a view to ending impunity.
28. Canada welcomed the measures taken to reduce immediate death sentences, reserving them for “exceptionally grave” crimes and reinstating Supreme People’s Court authority to review death sentences. Canada expressed deep concern about reports of arbitrary detention of ethnic minorities members, including Tibetans, Uighurs and Mongols as well as religious believers, including Falun Gong practitioners, without information about their charges, their location and wellbeing. Canada recommended that China: (a) accelerate legislative and judicial reforms, particularly on death penalty and administrative detention, to be in compliance with the ICCPR; (b) reduce the number of crimes carrying the death penalty and (c) regularly publish detailed statistics on death penalty use; (d) abolish all forms of administrative detention, including “Re-Education Through Labour”; (e) eliminate abuse of psychiatric committal; (f) provide those held on State-security charges with all fundamental legal safeguards, including access to counsel, public trial and sentencing, and eligibility for sentence reduction and parole; (g) take immediate measures to implement the recommendations of November 2008 of the Committee against Torture, particularly on the inadmissibility in court of statements made under torture and the non-refoulement of refugees from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; and (h) respond positively to outstanding requests made by several United Nations Special Procedures, including the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, to visit China, and (i) facilitate an early visit by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
29. Singapore noted China’s priority on realizing the people’s right to development has brought about since 1978 rapid growth averaging 9.8 per cent per annum. It noted that this result could not have been possible without the empowerment of women. It welcomed the elaboration of a National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2010 that seeks to balance urban and rural development and to accelerate social development, with an emphasis on people’s welfare and on promoting social equity and justice. Singapore recommended that China finalize and publish the national human rights action plan for 2009-2010 at an early date and then swiftly implement it. It commended China for its efforts at strengthening its human rights legislation. It noted that over the past three decades the National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee have enacted some 250 laws relating to human rights protection, with the Constitution as its core. Singapore appreciated China’s active role in supporting the work of the United Nations in the area of human rights, including hosting in Beijing the 4th World Conference on Women in 1995.
30. The Netherlands noted the Chinese position on the protection of ethnic minority rights, and looked forward to further explanations on the death penalty and on UNHCR’s role with regard to refugees from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It welcomed progress made in human rights. It recommended that China: (a) continue to advance the rule of law and to deepen the reform of the judicial system; (b) ratify the ICCPR as soon as possible and bring its legislation into line with its provisions; and (c) extend a standing invitation to all United Nations special rapporteurs. It said it looked forward to the publication of the Human Rights Action Plan 2009-2010.
31. Switzerland recognized the rapid economic development in the past years and the efforts made by China to improve the living condition of its population. It welcomed the inclusion of an article on the protection of human rights in the Constitution and the promulgation of a number of laws that protect human rights and recommended that China (a) amend the criminal procedure code in order to ensure the right to a lawyer and put in place a law for the protection of witnesses. It requested more information on the process and timeframe for ratification of the ICCPR, which China signed in 1998. It further welcomed the systematic revision of the death penalty by the People’s Supreme Court effective from January 2007, which resulted in a decrease in executions, and recommended that China (b) publish the statistics of the total number of executions since the introduction of its revision to allow measurement of the decline in numbers; (c) install a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards its total abolition. While stressing that the rights and the particularities of minorities should be recognized and protected, and that their economic development should be supported, Switzerland expressed concern over the situation of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet, Switzerland recommended that the Chinese authorities: (d) respect the fundamental rights of these ethnic minorities, notably freedom of religion and movement.
32. The Philippines said its people have enjoyed friendly relations with the Chinese people, to which it is bound by strong commercial and cultural ties. It noted China’s tremendous gains in human rights protection and promotion, considering its challenges as a large developing country with over 20 per cent of the world’s population. It noted: government measures to eradicate poverty, increase living standards, health, levels of employment and education, which have lifted millions out of poverty, enhancing human dignity and enjoyment of human rights; the increased investments in social security, particularly for rural inhabitants and special groups, and the responsiveness to victims of natural disasters, including the provision of assistance to over nine million people in Sichuan province. It recommended that China: (a) continue its endeavour to build a sound social security system and supporting services commensurate with national conditions, as well as its level of social and economic development; (b) share best practices with other developing countries on poverty-reduction programmes and strategies, especially in rural areas. It asked if the financial crisis had led to rising unemployment in China and how China is addressing the situation.
33. Algeria regretted politicization of the human rights situation in China during the review. It noted that the record achievements of China in attaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) showed the concept of Scientific Development perspectives is valid. It recommended that China: (a) pursue the implementation of the concept of Scientific Development perspectives to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and lasting development and to continue building a harmonious society marked by democracy, primacy of the law, equity and justice; and (b) share with interested developing countries its good practices in the implementation of this concept. It saluted the importance given by China to cooperation and exchange with other countries on human rights, adding that it considers that human rights situations and efforts deployed must take into account the level of development, cultural, historical and sociological contexts of each country. It recommended that China (c) continue to explore development methods and the implementation of human rights in harmony with its characteristics, its realities and the needs of Chinese society; (d) in accordance with its imperatives dictated by its national realities, proceed to legislative, judicial and administrative reform as well as create conditions permitting the ratification, as soon as possible, of the ICCPR; and (e) proceed as soon as possible with the publication and implementation of its National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2010.
34. The Russian Federation commended China’s role in the work of the Human Rights Council and its efforts to strengthen international interaction in the area of human rights. It noted that the emphasis placed in China’s national report on ensuring the realization of a basket of socio-economic rights, including questions of increasing the level of social protection, education and health, was fair. This policy on the part of the Government of the most heavily populated country of the world is particularly important in light of the global financial crisis. China is investing enormous resources aiming to develop Tibet province and in this regard the Russian Federation recommended it continue to invest financial and material resources with a view to supporting economic and social developments in the country as a whole and in the Tibet Autonomous Region in particular. It welcomed the fact that China has managed to develop a mutually acceptable formula for interaction between the authorities and civil society and noted the progress made in the work of the judiciary, law enforcement and penitentiary systems, and on questions related to conditions of certain groups of society.
35. Bhutan noted that China is a developing country with a vast territory and 21 per cent of the world’s population. It appreciated China’s pursuit of an approach that places people first and seeks to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable development to build a harmonious society characterized by democracy, rule of law, equity and justice, as encapsulated in its policy of a Scientific Outlook on Development. It asked China to share some of the main lessons learned and best practices emerging from its experience in carefully formulating national economic and social development plans, and its astounding economic success, which have propelled living standards from poverty to subsistence and from subsistence to relative prosperity, including as the first country in the world in meeting the MDG on poverty reduction. It noted, however, that the reach and effects of such successes have been uneven between urban and rural areas and among different regions of the country. Bhutan recommended that China
strengthen its efforts in poverty alleviation in order to continue reducing the number of persons living in poverty. It also recommended particular focus on bridging the gap in economic and social development between rural and urban areas and among regions. Bhutan noted increasing investment in the development of minority areas, including through increased support for basic
education, promotion of traditional medicine and cultures and enhancement of self-development capacity as measures identified by the Government as future objectives.
36. Noting that China has accomplished important leaps along the path of economic development, moving in 30 years from being a poor country into becoming the third biggest economy in the world, Egypt expressed continuing support to China in its endeavour to pursue development, national unity and territorial integrity. It praised the commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights demonstrated in the new constitutional provision. It further praised China’s efforts to ameliorate and promote human rights protection, taking into consideration the accompanying challenges of being a country with 1.3 billion people. It understood China’s need to keep the death penalty, which it recognized is strictly controlled and applied with extreme caution and is not applied to any person under 18 or to any pregnant women. It welcomed the restoration of the authority to review and approve death penalty cases to the Supreme People’s Court. Egypt recommended that China: (a) continue its national efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights, including in the area of strengthening its national human rights architecture; and (b) in light of its national realities, continue to implement the policy of strictly controlling and applying the death penalty.
37. Libya noted that China had implemented many procedures and principles in order to promote human rights and gender equality, as well as the many challenges faced by China. It appreciated the strategies deployed and lessons learned by China in pursuing prosperity for all its inhabitants and implementation of the MDGs. It welcomed the efforts made by China to adhere to all international agreements. Libya recommended that China accede to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).
38. Mexico welcomed China’s efforts in the area of human rights, in particular the progress made regarding education, labour, health, housing and the early achievement of MDGs. It noted with satisfaction the measures taken to create the conditions for swift ratification of the ICCPR, which will help to further improvements in areas including due process of law, freedom of
expressions and opinions and freedom of religion, beliefs and association throughout the country, and to do so without reservations. Mexico observed China’s cooperation with OCHCR and Special Procedures, some of which it received as long ago as 1994. It noted China’s openness in ratifying a huge number of human rights instruments. Mexico also noted that it would be
desirable to continue fostering cooperation with international mechanisms and for this reason recommended that China a) respond positively to requests from Special Procedures on the right to food, human rights defenders, adequate housing, health, extrajudicial executions and toxic waste to visit China; and b) give positive consideration to ratifying the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OP-CAT), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED). Mexico commended China for having implemented additional safeguards concerning the application of the death penalty. This being a subject to which it attaches the
utmost importance, Mexico recommended that China that consider positively declaring a moratorium on the application of the death penalty with a view to abolishing it.
39. Sri Lanka, noting that 60 years previously Mao Zedong announced to the world that the Chinese people had stood up, expressed pride that today the Chinese people are standing ever
taller. It cited the political and social revolution of 1949 and the economic modernization
revolution of 1978. It noted that China has ensured the political rights of its people, the rights of
independence, self-determination, sovereignty, and the social and economic right to freedom
from feudal exploitation and to the satisfaction of material needs. Sri Lanka rejected malignant
criticisms by those who tore China into little pieces in the period of colonialism and semicolonialism
and who forced the habit of opium on Chinese people. It rejected criticism regarding
Tibet, which Sri Lanka considers an inalienable province of China. It recommended (a) making
more widely available to the world China’s experience in combining a strong State with ethnic
regional autonomy; (b) making available in international languages to the rest of the world its
experience in economic revolution, modernization and in satisfying the material needs of an
enormous rural population.
40. South Africa paid tribute to the unprecedented human solidarity and support extended by China to its struggle against the crime of apartheid. It also praised China for hosting the Fourth
World Conference on Women in 1995, which led to the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and
Platform of Action. It welcomed China’s achievement of the MDGs in the areas of primary
education, including meeting the target for eliminating gender disparities in primary and
secondary education and reducing of the under-5 mortality rate by two-thirds. It also welcomed
China’s collaboration with OHCHR particularly the series of exchanges and cooperation projects
in the field of human rights. It praised China’s commitment to the total eradication of and its
continued support for the successful outcome of the Durban Review Conference by extending the
much-needed financial support. While being mindful that China, like all developing countries,
has some way to go in fulfilling its human rights obligations, South Africa recommended that the
Government (a) intensify its efforts to eradicate poverty, ,improve its health infrastructure,
including access to health services especially for vulnerable groups like women, children, the
elderly, the disabled and ethnic minorities, and foster civil-society participation; and (b) intensify
its engagement with the international community to exchange best practices and cooperation on
law enforcement supervision and training with a view to contributing to its judicial reform
processes on the basis of equality and mutual respect.
41. Saudi Arabia appreciated China’s valuable information and clear statements and its efforts to promote and protect human rights. China had acceded to more than 25 human rights instruments, including six core human rights conventions. It has implemented its international human rights obligations and submitted its periodic reports to United Nations treaty bodies
regarding implementation of the instruments concerned. That was a clear indication of China’s
acceptance of international responsibility and political will and a commitment to promote human
rights. China’s policy of dialogue and constructive cooperation with OHCHR and other United
Nations agencies, its invitations to various United Nations officials to visit the country regarding
civil and political rights and its interaction with mandate holders and the facilitation of their work
were further proof of its political will to protect and promote human rights. In view of that and
the invitations extended by China, Saudi Arabia recommended that China to invite other Special
Rapporteurs dealing with economic and social rights to visit the country.
42. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland welcomed progress on economic, social and cultural rights, progress on the permanent relaxation of regulations on reporting by foreign correspondents in China, and progress on reforming administration of the death penalty, but noted there remains a lack of transparency over use of the death penalty, which
can still be applied for 68 crimes, including non-violent ones. It expressed concern about the
human rights situation in the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas, particularly as
regards cultural rights, including religious rights, and the use and teaching of minority languages,
history and culture. It asked about plans to strengthen protections for Chinese media, who face
non-official obstacles to reporting freely, in line with the ICCPR. It asked also how China
intends to implement recommendations by the Committee against Torture on re-education
through labour, the treatment of human rights defenders, and protection for defence lawyers. It
recommended that China: (a) release a clear timetable for work towards ICCPR ratification; (b)
reduce the scope of application of the death penalty, and publish statistics to show that the use of
the death penalty is falling in China; (c) issue a standing invitation to the Special Procedures of
the Human Rights Council; and (d) grant greater access to Tibetan areas for OHCHR and other
United Nations bodies, as well as diplomats and the international media.
43. Germany asked about the efforts made by China to effectively combat torture and maltreatment of persons in detention facilities, and the efforts to ensure that evidence obtained by torture is not used against defendants in criminal proceedings and that persons committing or officials responsible for acts of torture or serious maltreatment of detainees are brought to justice
regardless of their function. Germany recommended that China: (a) abolish administrative
detention and forced labour without proper trial, access to legal representation and independent
supervision; (b) ensure every detainee has the right to regularly see visitors and has permanent
access to legal counsel and effective complaint mechanisms; (c) ensure that all detainees,
regardless of their crimes are held in facilities with decent standard and treatment; (d) take
effective measures to improve education, training and supervision of prison staff; (e) continue
efforts to change its legal practice in a way which is conducive to markedly reducing the number
of the death sentences being imposed and persons executed; (f) consider an early release of
detainees who are of old age or in fragile health; (g) review its approach towards religious groups
and practitioners, including those not organized in the officially recognized churches; (h) and
guarantee all citizens of China, including its minority communities and religions, the exercise of
religious freedom, freedom of belief and the freedom of worshipping in private.
44. Uzbekistan welcomed the efforts made in the area of protecting and promoting all human rights, including political, civil, social and cultural rights and also the right to development. Uzbekistan stated that the comprehensive work realized in China on a broad spectrum in the areas related to protection of human rights clearly attested to the commitment on the part of the
Government to its international obligation in the area of defence of human rights. It stressed the
positive results in the area of protecting the rights of women and children, education and human
rights, the development of civil society, rights of disabled persons, health and social wellbeing. It
noted that particular attention should be paid to the national human rights plan of actions for
2009-2010 that assists in further strengthening of the system of human rights protection in the
country and ensures effectiveness of the work in this area.
45. Sudan commended China for its indivisibility of human rights, through its inclusion of social, cultural rights and the right to development as well as political and civil rights. It appreciated the efforts undertaken in recent years to continue to promote democracy and the rule of law, including a number of measures aimed to improve the judicial system, including the system of “re-education through labour”. It understood that the system of re-education through labour is a special legal system based on China’s realities. It has a clearly defined legal basis, strict approval procedures and full judicial remedy channels. According to Sudan’s understanding, “correctional service” was a more suitable interpretation of the system of “reeducation through labour.” Sudan recommended that China actively and prudently push forward reform of re-education through labour according to its national realities.
46. Cuba stated that the millennium-long history and hard work of China would put those countries on shame to criticize China. It noted that changes had been sweeping in China from the devastating Opium War and the situation in Hong Kong, and Marco Polo’s exploration, to the celebration of the Olympics. It further noted that in 1949, the Chinese people decided to take the path of emancipation and socialism, through which Cuba shared China’s aspirations, hopes,
achievements and challenges. It noted China’s efforts aimed at ensuring that people can benefit
from prosperity and wellbeing and that lifted millions of people out of poverty and fed more than
one billion people. It further noted that the Chinese people had been obliged to enforce severe
laws against activities aimed at destroying the regime. Cuba recommended that China: a)
continue its efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights and also for the legitimate
interests of organisations and individuals work faithfully to uphold the human rights of the
Chinese people; and b) maintain, in strict compliance of law, to avoid the impunity for people
who are qualifying themselves as human rights defenders with the objective of attacking the
interests of the state and the people of China.
47. Ghana appreciated the important contribution and commitment of China to the work of the Human Rights Council and viewed positively the Government’s efforts to further human rights within its vast country and multi-ethnic society. It praised several commendable achievements of China including the reduction of the number of persons in rural areas living in
extreme poverty. It also noted the attainment, ahead of schedule, of the targets set in the
Millennium Development Goals in the areas of poverty reduction, primary education, and a twothird
reduction of the under-five mortality rate. It noted that the Government identified the
measures it needed to take to address the challenges. Ghana requested further information
regarding how the Government intends to achieve the goals of creating 24 million jobs in cities
and towns each year in the light of the current global financial crisis.
48. Mozambique commended China’s extraordinary achievements in development, education, health and adequate housing, among others, and China’s efforts at promoting gender equality, highlighting the promulgation of a Program for the Development of Women, spanning
1995 to 2010, which outlines the priorities and indicators for women’s development. It noted more than 20 per cent of China’s parliament is made up of women and the labour market is 45 per cent female, higher than the world average. It noted that China has already met its MDG target of eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education. It recommended that
China (a) continue the efforts aimed at further enhancing the status of women and gradually do
away with some traditional concepts in the rural areas that are likely to entrench practices that
may still hamper progress in gender equality.
49. Angola welcomed the policies undertaken by China to promote gender equality and expressed satisfaction that China successfully achieved the target of elimination of gender disparity in primary and secondary education set in the MDGs. It noted the great importance attached by China to the promotion of the right to subsistence and the right to development through the adoption and implementation of sound policies and programmes aimed at improving the living standards of its population and promote social progress. It further noted that China became the first country in the world to meet the poverty reduction target set in the MDGs. It noted the important role to be played by NGOs in China’s political, economic, cultural and social
life by intervening in different fields such as poverty alleviation, health, education,
environmental protection and safeguarding citizens’ rights. It also positively noted the existence
of 387,000 of registered NGOs. It noted that China amended its compulsory education law to
make it free of charge nationwide. Angola recommended that China: a) continue to strengthen
policies to promote education and to address educational imbalances between urban and rural
areas and among regions; b) share good practices that allowed China to achieve poverty
reduction targets set in the Millennium Development Goals; and c) continue its policies in the
field of international cooperation in order to assist the efforts made by other countries to fulfil the
right to development.
50. Viet Nam noted that China is a large multi-ethnic and multi-religious developing country with the world’s biggest population. It highly applauded the people-centered development policy and the determined efforts of the Government and people to have brought about significant achievements in the area of human rights, most notably manifested in the better ensuring of civil,
political, social and economic rights, the special care for ethnic minorities, women, children, persons with disabilities and the early accomplishment of many MDGs. It welcomed China’s human rights dialogues with countries over the years and its active cooperation with United Nations human rights mechanisms. Viet Nam also welcomed China’s National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2010 where specific measures for the promotion and protection of human rights are identified. It recommended that China continue its efforts in legal and judicial reforms, economic development and other areas towards promoting a harmonious society, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. Viet Nam also recommended that China share with the international community an experience in promoting the right to development and poverty reduction.
51. Morocco commended China’s consultations in human rights with civil society groups. It stated that the national report was transparent and demonstrated the constraints under which the Government operated in ensuring the exercise of all of these rights. It expressed particular interest in labour rights and the rights of migrant workers, who make an important contribution to
China’s economic development. It saluted the efforts undertaken for the protection of the rights and interests of this category of the population. Morocco also congratulated the Chinese Government for its efforts in solving a number of problems facing immigrants, such as increasing insurance protection of migrant workers and the extension of certain necessary services to them. Morocco noted that the international financial crisis has reduced work opportunities in rural areas and recommended that the Government adopt special measures in this context of crisis in order to guarantee the protection of rights in this area.
52. Oman praised that China attached great importance to the implementation and protection of human rights noting its success in the implementation of economic, social and cultural rights. While noting that given the great diversity, national unity is very important for China, it welcomed the necessary importance that China attached to the promotion and protection of human rights. It asked about what objective challenges that China is faced with. Oman recommended that China continue its efforts for the promotion of human rights.
53. United Arab Emirates commended the progress achieved by China over the past 30 years, since it adopted a policy of openness and reform. It said that China had witnessed an increase in the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights. It appreciated efforts undertaken to improve China’s judicial institutions and to develop its comprehensive reforms. It expressed
admiration for the achievements made by China to expand the implementation of justice in
society through guaranteeing the right to defence, system of people’s courts and the trial by jury.
Considering the efforts made by China to ensure the right to a fair trial, it recommended
continuing to strengthen its judicial organs through the organization of training seminars for its
judges and judiciary personnel.
54. Nicaragua noted that respect and protection of human rights in China’s Constitution are constant and consistent objectives pursued by the Government, which has taken a participatory approach at the international level. As party to 25 international human rights conventions and sponsor of a number of international fora, China has cooperated well with the OHCHR and with
the work of the Council in an open-minded and responsible spirit on the basis of dialogue. With a country this large and diverse, one needs to bear in mind the history and social and economic realities. It further noted that while poverty and the current world economic crisis are only some of the main obstacles China, which has 21 per cent of the world’s population, faces in ensuring
the full exercise of human rights, it has spared no effort, in line with the MDGs, in working to meet the basic needs of the people. It recognised the tangible results China has achieved and recommended that China continue enhancing the quality of life of its people through the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights and pursuant to international standards.
55. India welcomed China’s commitment to engaging in exchanges and cooperation with other countries in the field of human rights and in promoting a non-selective approach at the international level. It praised the tremendous strides made by China in reducing poverty and attaining some of the MDGs ahead of schedule. It also noted with interest a National Human Rights Action plan for 2009 -2010 being formulated, which will identify the measures to be taken by Government departments and development agencies.
56. France noted that NGOs’ reports frequently referred to various methods of confinement, such as detention, house arrest, secret prisons and re-education through labour centres. It asked about any planned reforms on this matter and of what progress has been made in improving the situation of re-education through labour. France enquired about progress in adopting a law to ensure the legal protection of mentally ill persons. It asked about the new role played by the Supreme People’s Court regarding the pronouncement of death penalty sentences. Noting that the law on the work of foreign journalists was the first step towards creating respect for freedom of movement and information, France recommended that (a) provisions of this law be extended to Chinese journalists. France enquired about progress in adopting legislative and regulatory texts for the ratification of ICCPR and recommended that China (b) state a precise calendar for ratification and adoption of the necessary measures for the ratification of the ICCPR. France recommended (c) the reduction of the great number of crimes which are subject to capital
punishment, specifically, first of all, economic crimes, as well as abolishing the death penalty and increasing transparency on this issue by publishing national official statistics. It
recommended that China (d) become a party to the Rome statute of the ICC.
57. Yemen commended China’s great attention to recommendations of international bodies,
particularly regarding people with disabilities and those suffering from mental illnesses, noting
the creation of national bodies to pay greater attention to such people and to their economic and
social rights. The national programme on debt relief has contributed to relieving the suffering of
10 million handicapped persons living in the rural areas and 15 million Chinese citizens have
been able to enjoy greater freedom and greater rights. It commended the efforts undertaken to
guarantee respect of their legitimate rights. It saluted China’s hosting of the Paralympics and
recommended it continue efforts in supporting persons with disabilities and ensuring their
contribution in social life, as effective partners.
58. Jordan was encouraged by China’s access to a high number of international human rights
instruments, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It was please
that China was taking steps with the view to ratifying the ICCPR. It noted that China has been
keen to complement its commitments under international human rights instruments by enacting
many laws pertaining to human rights. It commended China for adopting measures aiming at
limiting the application of capital punishment and hoped that it would continue its efforts in this
regard. It noted that the implementation of the Scientific Outlook on Development has proven to
be effective since it puts people first and seeks to tackle their rights and needs in a
comprehensive manner for a harmonious society and thus enabling China to achieve further
progress on the MDGs. Jordan praised China for human rights education through implementing
successive programs, which emphasized education and training for public servants in the field of
human rights and the rule of law. Jordan recommended continuing to place people at the centre
of development in a harmonious society for all so that this approach can further progress the
economic, social and cultural rights. It also recommended intensifying human rights awareness
campaigns and continuing to provide and improve training programs on human rights for the
judiciary, law enforcement personnel and lawyers.
59. The Islamic Republic of Iran commended China’s strong commitment to human rights,
welcoming its openness in addressing human rights issues, as well as its impressive economic
development during the last three decades and significant advancement in Chinese people’s
enjoyment of all human rights. Noting China’s commitment to cooperating with other countries
in promoting a fair, objective and non-selective approach by the international community on
human rights issues, it asked about steps to engage countries at a regional and international level
in dialogue and cooperation in this regard. Noting that the development of internet in general is
something positive but its negative impact can never be underestimated, Iran recommended that,
while guaranteeing this freedom of speech, China should strengthen Internet governance to make
sure the contents that incite war, racial hatred or defamation of religions are prohibited, and
pornographic websites that are harmful to children and minors are banned or restricted.
60. The delegation thanked all countries who spoke positively of its efforts in human rights
promotion and protection and for many important and interesting questions and
recommendations. It noted with regret, and reject categorically, however, the politicised
statement by certain countries.
61. The delegation stated that China endeavours to promote economic, social and cultural
rights of its people, and to push forward democracy and the institutional development for the rule
of law to guarantee civil and political rights and fundamental freedoms. China’s successful poverty alleviation measures and strategy since 1986 has achieved extensive results. The main
reason is that China adheres to reform and opening up policy based upon its national situation.
The four methods are: the leading role by the Government; a participatory approach by the
whole society; encouragement for self-reliance; and greater infrastructure and capacity building
efforts in those areas. The delegation thanked all the countries concerned and United Nations
agencies for their assistance in economic development, poverty alleviation and efforts to achieve
62. Noting that the global financial crisis has hit China too and has resulted in growth of
unemployment figures, the Government has adopted measures to secure employment by, inter
alia, providing support to small and medium-size enterprises, labour-intensive industries and
service industries, offering incentives to enterprises not to lay off workers; and assisting rural
migrant workers to find and create jobs.
63. The delegation mentioned that its principle in acceding to international human rights
instruments is “ratification is due when condition is right”. A reservation is made only when the
domestic situation calls for it. China signed the ICCPR and is engaged in amending domestic
laws, including re-education through labour, and amending criminal procedural laws to remove
possible incompatibility with the Covenant. China is very serious towards its treaty obligations,
attaches importance to treaty body recommendations and carefully studies and actively
implements all their reasonable and viable recommendations.
64. The national human rights action plan, which will be promulgated soon, covers poverty
alleviation, education, health, housing, women’s and children’s rights and improvement of
judiciary. During its preparation, the Government extensively consulted civil soceities including
All China Women’s Federation, Federation of the Disabled Person, and the Chinese Human
Rights Research Institution. These organisations will participate in its supervision and
65. The delegation said China cooperates well with special procedures and replied seriously
to every communication transmitted by the mechanism. In recent years, it has received six visits
by special rapporteurs on torture, religious freedom, education and the Working Group on
arbitrary detention. It will continue to extend invitations to special rapporteurs and considers
inviting one to visit in 2009. It attaches great importance to their reports and actively implements
reasonable recommendations. The delegation noted that it has provided several times feedback to
the Special Rapporteur on torture on the implementation of his recommendations.
66. Regarding administrative detention and re-education through labour, the delegation noted
that administrative detention is an administrative sanction that temporarily limits the liberty of a
person. It is applied to persons who have committed offences less than a criminal offence and
can be appealed through administrative review or administrative litigation. The Chinese system
of re-education through labour is similar to that of correctional service in other countries and is
applied to persons who have committed crimes that do not warrant criminal sentence. There are
320 such centres in China with 190,000 inmates. Its main legal basis is in various specific laws,
authorized or passed by the Standing Committee of the National Congress. This Standing
Committee has decided to formulate a Law on Correctional Services, in which a reform of
system of the re-education through labour is envisaged.
67. The delegation noted that current circumstances do not allow for abolition of the death penalty but that its use is strictly controlled. In practice, death penalty is only applied to very serious crimes and is not used in most of the applicable crimes. If a person sentenced to death with a stay of execution for two years, does not commit any new crimes during the period of
suspension, his sentence will be commuted to other sentence. A positive consideration is been given to the proposal to reduce the number of crimes subject to death penalty, especially for nonviolent crimes.
68. On the issue of judiciary independence, the delegation noted that in China the Constitution and the law stipulates that the court should carry out their judicial authorities independently and free from any interference from administrative branches, societal bodies and individuals. The law on lawyers is amended and the law of state compensations and criminal procedural law are now on the agenda of the National People’s Congress to realise justice and equality in judicial system China. Judicial reform and training programmes of the judiciary are carried out.
69. On torture and other inhumane treatment, the delegation noted that the number of cases of
torture is declining and that it would never allow torture be used on ethnic groups, religious
believers or other groups. The law clearly prohibits establishment of private detention facilities,
there are no black jails in the country. Under the criminal law, collecting evidence by force,
illegal detention or corporal punishment of detainees constitutes criminal offences. The law on
detention facilities further prohibits any abuse, physical or oral of detainees. A comprehensive
safeguard mechanism against torture exists in all prisons and detention facilities, comprising four
layers: the first layer is internal discipline and supervision in every facility, the second is
supervision by procuratorial bodies, the third is the National People’s Congress or Political
Consultative Conferences, and the fourth is a special unit to investigate and handle cases of
alleged torture. Victims of torture are entitled to seek compensation under the law.
70. The delegation informed that the amended law on lawyers contains clear provisions to
protect lawyer’s rights, their personal liberty and immunity from sanctions for speeches
defending legally their clients in criminal proceedings. However, when a case involves state
secrets, it is normal that certain restrictions are placed on the meetings between suspects and their
lawyers. Consideration is being given to amending the criminal procedure law so as to further
enhance the role of lawyers in criminal proceedings.
71. On freedom of speech and expression, the delegation noted that China’s laws provide
complete guarantees. The Government encourages the media to play a watchdog role and there is
no censorship in the country. Major stories, like the contaminated milk powder story, are brought
to public attention by the media. No individual or press has been penalized for voicing their
opinions or views. Chinese journalists’ right to report their story is fully guaranteed by the law.
When reporting on certain sensitive stories, some journalists may encounter obstacles or
pressure, which reflects characteristics of the profession. But these obstacles are not from the
Government, but from some interests-concerned parties. The Government and the judiciary body
would deal with such cases of harassment of journalists in accordance with the law. Chinese law
prohibits the use of the Internet or other mass media for creating rumours or instigating the
subversion of Government, splitting national territory or instigating hatred amongst ethnic groups
and religious discrimination. These legal provisions are in conformity with the ICCPR.
72. Bahrain noted the measures taken by China to promote and protect human rights. It
praised the efforts made particularly the work undertaken to guarantee health care nationwide,
evidenced by an increase in the number of hospital infrastructure facilities. It welcomed the
efforts made by China to bring about a decrease in mortality rates and increase in life expectancy. It stressed that China was the first developing country to have overcome small pox
and eradicate it. It further welcomed the measures taken by China to overcome SARS noting that
reform is being undertaken on health institutions. Bahrain recommended that China continue its
efforts to guarantee the wellbeing, which allows all patients to enjoy basic health care services.
73. Zimbabwe praised China’s recent economic achievements, which ensured better
realization of socio-economic rights for its people, and which cannot be better measured than by
China’s recent attainment of the rank of the world’s third largest economy. It praised China for
socio-economic, political, technical and cultural progress and achievements in the field of human
rights, including the development of freedoms of speech, opinion, expression, thinking and the
enactment of laws related to the promotion and protection of human rights. Zimbabwe
recommended that China continue its poverty reduction programmes and continue to support and
encourage the further development of China’s media use of English and other foreign languages.
This will help the outside world to get to better understand China, including the objective
coverage of China, a country too often deliberately and grossly misunderstood by some
74. Indonesia noted the consistent efforts which China has undertaken to improve and
strengthen the promotion and protection of human rights as exemplified by its ratification of six
core human rights conventions. China was the most populous nation in the world with various
multi-ethnic communities from diverse social and cultural backgrounds living peaceably
together. Indonesia commended the Government’s efforts to promote harmony and
understanding among these communities as well as within the different religious groups.
Indonesia asked whether China has any plans to ratify further international conventions and if it
also intends to implement new legislative norms relative to judicial reforms in the near future. It
recommended that China ensure the implementation of the legislation related to the 60 judicial
reform measures as established at the end of 2008. It believed this would serve to further
reinforce China’s judicial system, and in turn, support the harmonization of China’s laws in
accordance with the relevant international instruments.
75. Japan noted China’s achievements in ensuring the economic and social rights of its
people since its opening up in 1978 and its adoption of the policy of reform. It applauded the
achievements so far, but hoped that China would continue its efforts to further enhance the
promotion and protection of the civil and political rights of its people, including the ratification
of the ICCPR. Noting that, as a multi-ethnic nation, China has adopted various preferential
measures for ethnic minorities, including Tibetans and Uyghurs, and has extended various
economic and social assistance to minorities as it aims to realise a “harmonious society.” It
recommended continuing its efforts to further ensure ethnic minorities the full range of human
rights including cultural rights. Taking note of concrete steps for the freedom of the press and the
disclosure of information under the policy of “placing people first”, such as the new regulations
on reporting activities by foreign journalists, it hoped China would fully implement these
regulations and will further advance its policies and measures in this regard. Japan also noted the
publication of a white paper on China’s rule of law in February 2008.
76. Benin noted that China is the country of contrasts, par excellence. A country of thousands
of years’ civilization, it has transformed itself from a semi-colony of the 19th century and
liberated itself from foreign domination in 1949. The vast territory with a population of more
than one billion inhabitants, China did not retake its sovereignty over Hong Kong and Macao
until 1997 and 1999 respectively, and recently China has known visible inequalities, which
constituted the major challenges for the promotion and protection of human rights. Benin stood in solidarity with China regarding solutions to be undertaken to address different problems linked
to universal respect for human rights in its vast territory. Benin praised the progress made in
respect of human rights and recognized the continuing challenges faced by China. Benin asked
about the priorities of China for the promotion and protection of human rights for special
administered regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and why China had considered it necessary to
have a national human rights action plan for 2009-2010. Benin recommended that the two special
administrative regions continue to function according to their realities and maintain respect for
different rights of their citizens in terms of respect for their laws.
77. Mali noted with satisfaction the progress made in many sectors, including the area of
human rights and commended positive results achieved in the area of promotion and protection
of human rights. While noting the difficulties and constraints mentioned in the national report,
Mali remained convinced that through its determination China will achieve the goals set for itself
in the area of the promotion and protection of human rights within its boundaries.
78. Gabon noted that it has enjoyed warm diplomatic relations with China since the 1960s, a
rich and dynamic partnership, with numerous concrete projects in different sectors of Gabon’s
economy. It said human rights issues in China have always attracted international attention and
this review provided an excellent opportunity for China to show to the world that human rights
promotion and protection is a national priority. Since 1986, China has carried out programmes of
dissemination of knowledge of the law and the fifth of these programs (2006-2010) focuses on
education and training of officials in human rights and the primacy of law. The Chinese
Government supports involvement of civil society in its awareness-raising activities and human
rights protection, which allows the 387,000 NGOs to carry out actions in various areas such as
poverty reduction, health, education, environmental protection and protection of citizens’ rights.
It noted China’s rapid evolution towards international human rights protection standards, more
than 250 laws to protect human rights, its active participation in United Nations human rights
bodies and its preponderant role in establishing the new Council. It encouraged China to continue
in this way.
79. Finland acknowledged China’s efforts to maintain a functioning justice system. It noted
some improvement with regard to the “right for defence” but that implementation of these new
provisions may be difficult due to persisting contradictory legislation, including the Criminal
Procedure Law. Finland recommended that China (a) take effective measures to ensure that
lawyers can defend their clients without fear of harassment and can participate in the
management of their own professional organisations. Finland noted that, even though Chinese
law prohibits the employment of children under the age of 16, substantial practice of child labour
persists particularly in the private sector and that children work in abusive conditions under socalled
“Work and Study programmes.” It asked for further information on measures envisaged
to prevent the use of child labour, and the implementation of the respective laws and
recommended that China (b) develop and adopt a comprehensive policy to combat child labour.
Finland also recommended that China (c) withdraw its reservation to the article 6 of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child.
80. Palestine welcomed the efforts undertaken by China to allow all sectors of society to have
access to education through grants and financial aid, including to minorities. It also praised the
measures and procedures taken to support the health sector, especially to fight against contagious
diseases and to guarantee basic primary health coverage. It further praised China for fighting
against discrimination against women, notably holding the 1995 World Conference on Women.
It asked about measures and procedures taken by China in order to guarantee work for all in the light of an increase in the numbers of persons with degrees as well as the programmes envisaged
by China to meet the needs of its inhabitants.
81. Latvia, with reference to the concluding observations of the Committee on the Rights of
the Child, welcomed China’s impressive achievements in reducing poverty, enabling it to attain
some key Millennium Development Goals ahead of schedule. It appreciated China’s response to
questions regarding cooperation with special procedures, noting ongoing cooperation with
special rapporteurs and pending visit requests by several of them, recommending that China (a)
step up cooperation with the special procedures and (b) consider extending a standing invitation
to all special procedures of the Human Rights Council.
82. Czech Republic commended China’s achievements, recommending that it: (a) accede to
the OPCAT, improve its national implementation of the CAT, establish an independent and
effective complaints procedure for victims of torture and review its compliance with the principle
of “non-refoulement”; (b) revise its legislation and practice that violate the right to freedom of
expression and release all persons held in this connection, e.g., Mr. Paljor Norbu and persons
arrested in connection with Charter 08. In relation to the right to a fair trial, Czech Republic
recommended that China (c) reform its State secrets Law and definitions of crimes as incitement
to subversion of state power so that they cannot be abused for persecution of human rights
defenders in particular petitioners or journalists; (d) ensure the independence of judiciary and
lawyers; (e) abolish the system of re-education through labour and black jails. With regard to
protection of human rights of national minorities, including Tibetans and Uyghurs, Czech
Republic recommended that China (f) review laws and practices in particular with regard to
ensuring protection of their freedom of religion, movement, protection of their culture and
language. In relation to Tibet, Czech Republic recommended that China (g) end the “strike hard
campaign” associated with numerous serious violations of human rights; (h) investigate all cases
of police brutality and torture, e.g., death of Mr. Pema Tsepak in Chambo in January this year;
and (i) ensure protection of the right of peaceful assembly and release all persons arrested in this
connection, e.g., Ms. Tashi Tao and Ms. Dhungtso in Kardze County.
83. New Zealand recognized China’s achievements over the last 30 years in drawing its
citizens out of poverty. In seeking membership of the Human Rights Council, China noted that
much work remained to be done in the field of human rights. Noting that the establishment of a
fully funded and independent national human rights institution has proved helpful in a number of
countries, it recommended (a) establishing a national human rights institution, in accordance with
the Paris Principles. It noted with concern continuing allegations around the use of forced labour
as a corrective measure, torture, detention without trial and ill-treatment of suspects in policy
custody, harassment of lawyers and human rights defenders, and ongoing restrictions on freedom
of religion, information and expression. It recommended (b) engaging with the Human Rights
Council’s special procedure mandate holders on addressing these human rights challenges.
Welcoming the apparent drop in the number of executions in China since the return of the right
of review to the Supreme People’s Court in 2007, New Zealand recommended (c) continued
reform towards the eventual abolition of the death penalty, including greater transparency around
its use. It further recommended (d) conducting a review of its application of the 1984 safeguards,
as adopted by ECOSOC 1984/50. It noted an OHCHR report referring to human rights concerns
in Tibet raised by special rapporteurs and by various treaty bodies. New Zealand has been a
consistent supporter of dialogue to achieve meaningful outcomes that address the interests of all
communities in Tibet and it understands that China intends to resume this dialogue and
recommended that (e) it do so. New Zealand recommended (f) adopting further measures to
ensure universal access to health and education and other welfare for rural communities, minority regions, disadvantaged families and the internal migrant population. It recommended that g) the
national action plan on human rights reflect concrete steps towards the ratification of the ICCPR.
84. Argentina asked about initiatives to expand the right to freedom of thought and freedom
of expression with regard to Internet use, and whether there were plans to criminalize torture in
the internal legal order, in conformity with international parameters. It recommended (a)
analysing the possibility of ratifying human rights instruments which are considered relevant in
strengthening its promotion and protection, highlighting: ICCPR, International Convention for
the Protection of All Persons Against Enforced Disappearances, and assess the possibility of
accepting the competency of the Committee on Enforced Disappearances in accordance with the
Convention, and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially
Women and Children, supplementing the Convention against Transnational Organised Crime; (b)
evaluating the possibility of promoting the establishment of a legal description of the scourge of
discrimination, taking into account international legal standards in this area.
85. Portugal welcomed China’s reform efforts to create the conditions to ratify the ICCPR
expressing hope that these efforts would be successful in a short term period. It also noted that
the ICCPR is one of the cornerstones of the international framework for the protection and
promotion of human rights and this system would be stronger with the full participation of China.
Noting that violence against women is a scourge that has to be addressed in all countries.
Portugal stated that the vulnerability of women increased with the absence of a legal definition
“discrimination.” Portugal recommended to China that: (a) such a definition be inscribed in its
national law; While noting the concern expressed by CESCR in 2005 about the continued
irregularities in the provision of universal access to free compulsory primary education
particularly with regard to rural communities, minority regions, disadvantaged families and
internal migrant population, Portugal welcomed the recent rise to nine years of compulsory
education, and the achievements in adult literacy, development of vocational and technical
training and pre-school education. It recommended that China (b) ensure that primary education
attains the constitutionally guaranteed universal compulsory status. In spite of all the progresses
in the field of education, Portugal expressed concern over programmes like “Work and Study” as
the regulations failed to provide a clear definition of the acceptable kind, intensity and overall
time duration of this special category of work. It welcomed the ratification of the ICRPD and the
accessibility improvements witnessed during the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.
86. Austria noted that the Constitution does not only guarantee human rights to ethnic
minorities, but also special preferential policies, particularly autonomy. It recommended to the
Government, (a) in accordance with the Chinese constitution to allow ethnic minorities to fully
exercise their human rights, to preserve their cultural identity and to ensure their participation in
decision-making. It noted that these issues should be addressed in the National Human Rights
Action Plan. Austria welcomed the new authority of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) and (b)
recommended further reducing the applicability of the death penalty, in particular for non-violent
crimes, and to provide statistics on the number of death sentences as well as on the SPC review
procedure (how many cases are returned for retrial; in how many cases are defendants heard by
the SPC). It further recommended (c) ratifying the ICCPR. Austria welcomed the cooperation
with the OHCHR and recommended (d) renewing the MoU without further delay to intensify
technical assistance and advisory services in the field of human rights, noting that as a first step a
human rights advisor could be placed with the United Nations Resident Coordinator. It also
recommended further (e) strengthening cooperation through open invitations to Special
Procedures and also (f) follow up to UPR.
87. Qatar expressed appreciation for China’s developments and efforts, especially in
protection and promotion of economic and social rights, particularly the rights to development,
work and social security, housing, education and health. It welcomed information in the national
report on difficulties and challenges and the future objectives and initiatives to overcome them.
Appreciating accomplishments in the promotion and protection of the rights of the child and
welcoming ratification of the OP-CRC-AC, it recommended (a) attaching more importance to
protection of the rights of the child through national plans for economic and social development.
It asked about plans and programmes proposed to promote the culture of human rights among
local government officials.
88. Pakistan stated that China does not require external advice on securing the rights of its
people as it has taken concrete steps to build the future of its people. It said that the tendency to
politicize the UPR must be guarded against, noting comments about the Tibet Autonomous
Region, which it said reflect political agendas and not an objective appreciation of the situation
in Tibet, which it said is an inalienable part of China and is so recognised by the entire
international community. Pakistan commented that the criminal violence in Tibet last year had
disturbing links to external perpetrators with ulterior motives and the local government took
measures to provide security to all Tibetans. It noted that the Chinese Government abided by its
international human rights obligations and domestic laws. The legitimate rights and interests of
the provocateurs were fully protected and the accused were given full legal assistance. It
understood that the perpetrators causing minor disturbances had been released. It hoped the
region would maintain stability, enjoy further development and that external interference would
cease. It noted the tremendous developments in China, and that China’s accomplishment for its
people in a few decades is without parallel and it bears a lesson for all.
89. Venezuela commended the fact that the Government of China attached the same
importance to economic, social and cultural rights with respect to other human rights, including
the right to development. It noted the major efforts that the Government has taken to reduce
poverty and said it was impressed that from 250 million persons in poverty 30 years ago, now
only 14 million remain in this situation, meeting the goals set out by the United Nations in
MDGs. Venezuela encouraged China to continue its work in the area of poverty reduction. It
asked about China’s successful economic and social development plans that have been
formulated and applied by the Government and about projects and future plans to increase living
standards and social progress of the Chinese population. Venezuela noted that as a result of
putting people at the centre of its policies, China improved its living standards and encouraged
the Government to continue.
90. Senegal noted that China has achieved significant results in health, education and in
combating poverty, allowing it to attain some of its Millennium Development Goals. It said the
choice to integrate human rights education into school curricula demonstrates a real will to
ensure effective human rights promotion and protection and is a good practice. It asked if China
envisages acceding to the International Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their
91. Colombia noted that the national report reflected clearly a wide range of aspects and
topics of human rights, as well as the achievements made and the challenges that still existed.
Colombia praised the progress made in the area of economic and social rights, which had
beneficial effect on the rights of women and children. Colombia stressed the great importance
attached by China in the promotion of the rights of women and children requesting more
information on the functions and actions of the National Labour Committee on women and children, including the policies dealing with migrant women workers. Colombia further
requested information on the progress and results made in the Development Programme for
Childhood for the period of 2001-2010.
92. Sweden welcomed progress in the last decade, notably in economic, social and cultural
rights. It recommended that (a) China create conditions for an early ratification of the ICCPR. It
further recommended (b) removing restrictions on freedom of information and expression;
c)taking urgent steps to abolish the various systems of arbitrary detention; (d) ensuring that any
reformed prison or compulsory care system meets international human rights standards; (e)
continuing and deepening judicial reform, including by adopting measures to address the
institutional weakness and lack of independence of the judiciary; (f) abolishing or reforming the
current hukou residency system to ensure that all citizens are ensured basic access to education,
health care and other relevant social welfare systems on an equitable basis and in line with the
principles of non-discrimination; and (g) lifting the current reservation to article 8.1(a) of the
ICESCR, which ensures the right of everyone to form trade unions and join the trade union of his
or her choice and welcomed more information on possible reforms in this area. Sweden also
recommended (h) establishing an independent national human rights institution in line with the
93. Thailand noted that China has undergone a remarkable and steady economic
transformation, made meaningful progress in human rights promotion and protection over the
past three decades and continues to do so. It is party to six core international human rights
instruments and has translated international norms and standards into a wide range of domestic
legislation covering all areas of human rights, especially the rights of vulnerable groups such as
women, children and persons with disabilities. Welcoming China’s initiation of its process to
become party to the ICCPR, it hoped the process would proceed expeditiously. It said the need to
tackle poverty and promote development is an essential building block and China’s success in
this is not only significant in itself but should enlarge the space for enhancing human rights in
other spheres. Noting that with the rapid economic growth China has enjoyed in recent times, it
is likely to face a major task of environmental protection, it welcomed also the implementation of
the National Programme of Action on Environment and Health, aimed at ensuring the safety,
health and wellbeing of the people. It expressed confidence that, with the manifest commitment
of the Government, the pace of positive change and progressive developments will lead to
continued enhancement of human rights in all dimensions for the benefit of the people of China
and the international community as a whole.
94. Myanmar welcomed the significant progress made in social spheres such as education,
culture and public heath sectors, testimonies of the China’s political will to promote and protect
the human rights of the Chinese people. It praised China for the remarkable results achieved in
the improvement of the wellbeing of its population over 30 years, noting that this is the most
impressive achievement given China’s vast territories, largely diverse and dispersed population
of over 1.3 billion. Myanmar stated it had consistently exercised the “One China Policy” as a
fundamental principle of its relations with China. As an immediate neighbour with long-standing
traditional close ties of friendship with China, Myanmar stated that it sympathized with and
understood the challenges faced by China with regard to human rights issues. In this connection,
Myanmar strongly opposed politicizing human rights issues and using them to interfere in others’
95. Brazil noted that China, with a population of 1.32 billion people comprising 56 ethnic
groups and living in a vast territory, had striven to provide its people with equal access to food, health, employment, adequate housing, education and development and had succeeded in its
endeavour. It was the first country to meet the poverty reduction target set in the MDGs.
Illiteracy had been virtually eliminated among the young and middle-aged. Brazil also welcomed
China’s constitutional provisions stipulating that “the State respects and safeguards human
rights”. It recognized that China has made great achievements in the area of human rights, but
noted concerns about elimination of discrimination against women and regarding labour rights. It
welcomed additional comments on China’s strategy to expand its social security system. Brazil
recommended to China, bearing in mind resolution 9/12 entitled “Human Rights Goals”, (a) to
ratify the ICCPR and to adhere to both the (b) Rome Statute of the ICC and (c) the OP-CAT. It
further recommended that China (d) consider establishing a moratorium on death penalty; adopt
specific legislation on domestic violence; and continue its cooperation with OHCHR.
96. Italy welcomed growing attention to the economic and social disparities among urban and
rural regions, adoption of new measures on the rights of workers, disabled persons, women and
children, and the preparation of a National Action Plan for Human Rights. It recommended that
China (a) lift secrecy on figures and statistics concerning death penalty; restrict its application to
the most serious crimes according to international minimum standards; and to consider the
establishment of a moratorium on the use of death penalty with a view to its abolition; (b)
simplify requirements for official approval of religious practices in order to allow more
individuals to exercise their freedom of religion and belief and to better respect the religious
rights of minorities; and (c) respond positively to requests of visits made by United Nations
special procedures and to consider issuing a standing invitation to them.
97. Hungary welcomed China’s achievement in human rights and took positive note of the
fact that China is party to the main human rights conventions, encouraging China to ratify the
ICCPR. It took pride in being China’s partner in a common bilateral human rights dialogue,
recognizing China’s commitment to the issue of human rights, expressing hope that this dialogue
would continue with the same regularity and intensity. Hungary expressed concern that forced
labour could be a corrective measure in China, such as child labour in school, and that these
could result in exploitation of children. It sought further information on China’s position on this
issue. Hungary welcomed the steps taken by China to guarantee the rights to freedom of speech
and to freedom of religion. Hungary praised the new Chinese programme which targets to
resolve the countryside’ supply with telephone, radio, and television. It also fully acknowledged
the importance of the fact that, according to the provisions of the Constitution, Chinese citizens
have the right to freely express their opinion. Hungary recommended that China accept different
opinion if it is expressed by human rights defenders through peaceful demonstration.
98. Malaysia commended the Government’s efforts for its determination and commitment in
pursuing economic development and it shared the view that economic development is important
for the full enjoyment of human rights by the people. It noted advancements made in the level
and extent of protection of human rights in particular, in the fields of employment, education,
culture and public health. Noting the development-oriented poverty alleviation strategy adopted
since 1986 has contributed immensely to the reduction of poverty and improvement in the
standard of living of its people across the country, Malaysia recommended (a) the sharing of
China’s experiences and best practices in the reduction of poverty with other developing
countries. Noting further that the Government has taken active role in supporting the
participation of civil society NGOs and academic institutions in activities in the promotion and
protection of human rights, it further recommended that China (b) consider strengthening its
positive engagement with civil society, NGOs and academic institutions, with a view to
enhancing the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of its people.
99. The Chinese delegation thanked all speakers for their comments, questions and
recommendations. With regard to the measures taken to ensure the right of housing the
delegation noted that the policy is being implemented to offer an adequate shelter in order to help
low- and middle-income families. In addition, the Government has been building low-cost
housing every year. By the end of 2007, 17 million low- and middle-income families had been
provided with houses under this programme. As for the low-income group with even greater
difficulties, the Government have established a low-rent housing system, to provide either lowrent
housing or offer a subsidy to find housing. This system has helped improving housing
conditions of 950.000 low income families.
100. The HKSAR government is fully committed to promoting and protecting human rights in
Hong Kong. Indeed, human rights and freedoms are guaranteed constitutionally by the Basic
Law and through various local legislations, including equality before the law, freedom of speech
and of the press, freedom of association, of assembly and of demonstration, freedom of religious
belief and right to social welfare, and so on. The protection of human rights in Hong Kong is
further reinforced by the rule of law and an independent judiciary system. In addition, there is an
extensive institutional framework of organisations which help promote and safeguard human
rights which is closely monitored by the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, civil society, the
media and the general public.
101. The Macao SAR continues to strive to ensure the enjoyment and protection of
fundamental rights and freedoms. Regarding the recommendation set forth by Benin, Macao
SAR referred that it will enhance the monitoring mechanisms of the government policies in order
to increase the law in action regarding human rights. It will continue reinforcing preventive
measures and suppressing the trafficking of human beings and actively promote the enjoyment of
human rights with due regard to young generations. It is keen to deepen political rights in a
progressive to strengthen the government’s accountability to its citizens. It also plans to improve
social rights in cooperation with civil society and extend compulsory education until the end of
secondary school. In its efforts to step up on social housing the delegation informed that 20,000
social housing will be made available for low-income families.
102. The delegation noted that the most fundamental feature of China’s ethnic policy is
equality. In China 155 areas of ethnic autonomous regions enjoy extensive autonomous rights in
legislation, economics and culture. The second feature is that the ethnic autonomous regions may
enjoy preferential treatment in finance and tax than other regions. The ratio of deputies of
National People’s Congress of ethnic population is higher than that for Han ethnic group. The
third feature is that the State respects the habits and customs of religious beliefs of minorities,
and prohibits speeches and actions that instigate ethnic hatred and religious discrimination,
protects, develops culture of ethnic minorities. The Government has helped thirteen ethnic
minorities to create and improve their written languages. China has 56 ethnic groups that live in
harmony, help each other and seek common development and there is no ethnic conflict. The
delegation noted that regrettably, a few people with the support of foreign forces try to split Tibet
and Xinjiang from China and they by no means represent the governing majority of Tibetans and
Uighurs as Tibet and Xinjiang are inseparable parts of China’s territory and the Government will
not allow any attempt to split China to succeed.
103. China protects citizen’s right to freedom of assembly, association, procession and
demonstration in accordance with law and citizens can apply for processions and demonstration
in accordance with laws on processions and demonstrations. Demonstrations and processions
not approved are usually handled by government through dialogue and persuasion. 400,000 NGOs are registered in China and there are millions of NGOs which do not required registering
104. The law on protection of state secrets has clear provisions on the definition of state
secrets. In case of contention on this matter, organs for the protection of secrets above the
provincial level can make a determination. There is no such a thing as law enforcement organs
abusing state secrets to suppress human rights defenders.
105. On the matter of religious beliefs the delegation noted that China has over 100 million
believers, including more than 21 million Muslims, 16 million Christians, 5.5 million Catholics,
with 300,000 clergy men for various religions and 3,000 religious bodies, 100,000 places of
worship. China prohibits speeches and acts which instigate religious hatred and discrimination.
In accordance with regulations on registration of social organisations, all social organisations
should register with bodies of civil affairs, including religious organisations. But the registration
requirements are minimum. The “family gatherings” of Christians are not required to be
106. In August 2005, China revised the law on protection of women’s rights. To facilitate
women’s participation in the management and decision-making of state and national affairs, the
Government has raised awareness on gender equality among the public and set the ratio of
female officials on different levels of government. Currently, women account for over 20 per
cent of deputies of the National People’s Congress. The law on employment promotion provides
for equal rights of men and women towards employment, and prohibits gender based
discrimination. The Law on Rural Land Contracts lays special emphasis on equal land rights for
married, divorced or widowed women. The Marriage Law prohibits domestic violence. The Law
on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women specifies the scope of responsibilities of
relevant organs to combat domestic violence and rescue victims. In China, a total number of
more than 400 protection and rescue centres for women have been established. 2008-2012 action
plan against trafficking women and children was designed and a joint inter-ministerial
conference against human trafficking was set up to comprehensively deal with this matter.
107. Concerning children rights, China formulated the law on the protection of minors, the law
on compulsory education, the regulations on the prohibition of child labour and other relevant
laws and regulations. China has completely implemented entirely free compulsory education.
The government has strengthened regulations on children’s enrolment, drop out and withdrawal
from school and established evaluation and monitoring systems for girls’ education. The state has
set up special schools for minor offenders and juveniles that provide adolescents education on
laws and ethics and arrange some labour activities, commensurate with their age. Concerning
female offenders, who are pregnant or breast feeding children of their own aged below 1 year,
they are not detained in prisons or detention centres. China’s laws strictly prohibit the
employment of minors below 16 by any employers and clearly stipulate the administrative and
criminal responsibilities for using child labour. The government severely punishes those who use
108. A basic social security system is put in place comprising social insurance, social relief
and social welfare giving priority to the people in the countryside and to vulnerable groups.
Currently, 850 million peasants have joined the new collective medical security system and have
been incorporated into the system of subsistence allowance. It is planned to put in place by 2020
a social security system which will cover all the inhabitants in China. The household registration
system is undergoing reform and currently 13 provinces including Hebei and Liaoning have started to reform their system by removing the division between agricultural households and nonagricultural
109. China has put in place a proactive employment policy and trying to create opportunities
for employment. In 2008, 769 million people were employed and registered unemployment rate
in cities is about 4.2 per cent. China is trying to remove discrimination to ensure the equal
treatment and employment for women, taking measures to assist disabled people and migrant
workers to find jobs. Chinese law does not prohibit strikes. If a strike occurs, the local
government will try to mediate between the trade unions, enterprises and striking workers to find
a solution to the problem. The Chinese constitution and the trade union law provide that the
workers are entitled to organize and join trade unions and carry out activities entirely free.
110. China has put in place a minor compulsory educational system thus achieving ahead of
the schedule targets in MDG on universal primary education. It started amending the law and in
process of drafting a mid-term and long-term educational reform programme for 2020. Study
subsidies, scholarships and other means of financial help are available to help students with
economic difficulties, including special assistance funds for the education of ethnic minorities.
From 2003 to 2007, the national fiscal expense on education has increased by 18.85 per cent
annually, and increased by 30.43 per cent in 2007.
111. In the preparation of the national report nearly 20 NGOs were invited to provide material
and information, meetings for NGOs and academia were organised to discuss the content of the
report, and views from the public and the grassroots’ organisations were solicited on the internet.
112. Concerning the illegal immigrants and protection of refugees and the policies practiced
the delegation noted that China has acceded to the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees
and its Additional Protocol. It followed the principle of non-refoulement in accordance with the
convention. Since 1978, China has provided effective refuge for 300,000 refugees from
Indochina. China is working on refugee legislation which will clarify further the screening
procedures for refugees. Some people who illegally entered China because of economic reasons
are not “refugees”, but illegal immigrants. With regard to illegal immigrants, China has always
handled properly specific cases.
113. The delegation thanked for a highly constructive dialogue. It appreciated that many
countries spoke positively of China’s efforts and achievements made in the field of human rights,
and that they also showed their understanding of the difficulties and challenges confronting
China. China also noted with regret that there were a few countries like Australia, which made
some ill-founded comments on Tibet. China categorically rejects this attempt to politicise the
issue. The Chinese Government is firmly committed to promotion and protection of human rights
and looks forward to enhance cooperation and exchanges with all countries on the basis of
equality and mutual respect to advance the cause of human rights.
II. CONCLUSIONS AND/OR RECOMMENDATIONS
114. The recommendations formulated during the interactive dialogue have been examined by
China and the recommendations listed below enjoy the support of China:
1. Create conditions for an early ratification of the International Covenant on Civil
and Political Rights (ICCPR) (Sweden); In accordance with its imperatives
dictated by its national realities, to proceed to legislative, judicial and
administrative reform as well as create conditions permitting the ratification, as soon as possible, of the ICCPR (Algeria); Analyse the possibility of
ratifying/consider ratifying/ratify ICCPR (Argentina, Brazil, Austria);
2. Continue its efforts: for the promotion of human rights (Oman); in legal and
judicial reforms, economic development and other areas towards promoting a
harmonious society, democracy, the rule of law and human rights (Viet Nam);
3. Continue enhancing the quality of life of its people through the enjoyment of
economic, social and cultural rights and pursuant to international standards
4. Continue its national efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights,
including in the area of strengthening its national human rights architecture
5. Proceed as soon as possible with the publication and implementation of
(Algeria)/Finalise and publish at an early date and then swiftly implement its
National Human Rights Action Plan for 2009-2010 (Singapore).
6. Consider strengthening the positive engagement with civil society, nongovernmental
organizations and academic institutions, with a view to enhancing
the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms of its
7. Intensify human rights awareness campaigns (Jordan); Continue to provide and
improve training programmes on human rights for the judiciary (Jordan); judges
and judiciary personnel (United Arab Emirates), law enforcement personnel and
lawyers (Jordan); improve education, training and supervision of prison staff
8. Intensify its engagement with the international community to exchange best
practices and cooperation on law enforcement supervision and training with a
view to contributing to its judicial reform processes on the basis of equality and
mutual respect (South Africa);
9. Invite other Special Rapporteurs dealing with economic and social rights to visit
the country (Saudi Arabia);
10. Step up cooperation with the special procedures (Latvia); Engage with the Human
Rights Council’s special procedure mandate holders on addressing human rights
challenges (New Zealand);
11. Continue its cooperation with OHCHR (Brazil); Facilitate an early visit by the
High Commissioner for Human Rights (Canada);
12. Renew the Memorandum of Understanding in order to intensify technical
assistance and advisory services in the field of human rights (Austria);
13. Attach more importance to the protection of rights of the child through national
plans for economic and social development (Qatar);
14. Continue the efforts aimed at further enhancing the status of women and gradually
do away with some traditional concepts in the rural areas that are likely to
entrench practices that may still hamper progress in gender equality
15. Continue efforts in supporting persons with disabilities and ensuring their
contribution in social life, as effective partners (Yemen).
16. Adopt further measures to ensure universal access to health and education and
other welfare for rural communities, minority regions, disadvantaged families and
the internal migrant population (New Zealand);
17. Adopt special measures in the context of the international financial crisis in order
to guarantee job opportunities in rural areas (Morocco);
18. Continue its endeavour to build a sound social security system and supporting
services commensurate with national conditions, as well as its level of social and
economic development (Philippines);
19. Strengthen its efforts in poverty alleviation in order to continue reducing the
number of persons living in poverty (Bhutan); Continue its poverty reduction
20. Intensify its efforts to eradicate poverty, to improve its health infrastructure,
including access to health services especially for vulnerable groups like women,
children, the elderly, the disabled and ethnic minorities, and in fostering civil
society participation (South Africa);
21. Continue its efforts to guarantee the well-being, which allows all patients to enjoy
basic health care services (Bahrain);
22. Continue to strengthen policies to promote education and to address educational
imbalances between urban and rural areas and among regions (Angola);
23. Pursue the implementation of the concept of Scientific Outlook on Development
perspectives to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and lasting development and
to continue building a harmonious society marked by democracy, primacy of the
law, equity and justice (Algeria);
24. Continue to place people at the centre of development in a harmonious society for
all so that this approach can further progress the economic, social and cultural
25. Continue to explore methods of development and implementation of human rights
in harmony with its characteristics, its realities and the needs of Chinese society
26. Continue to invest financial and material resources, in conditions of the financial
crisis, with the view to support the economic and social development in the
country as a whole and the Tibet Autonomous Region in particular (Russian
27. Bridge the gap in economic and social development between rural and urban areas
and among regions (Bhutan);
28. Share best practices with other developing countries on poverty reduction
programmes and strategies, especially in rural areas (Philippines); Share with the
international community its experience in promoting the right to development and
poverty reduction (Viet Nam); Share its experiences and best practices in the field
of reduction of poverty and improvement of standards of living with other
developing countries (Malaysia);
29. Continue its policies in the field of international cooperation in order to assist the
efforts made by other countries to fulfil the right to development (Angola);
30. In the light of its national realities, continue to implement the policy of strictly
controlling and applying the death penalty (Egypt);
31. Actively and prudently push forward reform of re-education through labour
according to its national realities, so that everything goes according to its system
32. Ensure the implementation of the legislation related to the 60 judicial reform
measures as established at the end of 2008 (Indonesia); Continue to advance the
rule of law and to deepen the reform of the judicial system (Netherlands);
33. Continue to support and encourage the further development of China’s media use
of English and other foreign languages to help the outside world better understand
China, including the objective coverage of China, a country too often deliberately
and grossly misunderstood by some international media (Zimbabwe);
34. Maintain, in strict compliance of law, to avoid the impunity for people who are
qualifying themselves as human rights defenders with the objective of attacking
the interests of the state and the people of China (Cuba);
35. Continue its efforts for the promotion and protection of human rights and also for
the legitimate interests of organisations and individuals working faithfully to
uphold the human rights of the Chinese people (Cuba);
36. While guaranteeing this freedom of speech, strengthen Internet governance to
make sure the contents that incite war, racial hatred or defamation of religions are
prohibited, and pornographic websites that are harmful to children and minors are
banned or restricted (Islamic Republic of Iran);
37. Continue its efforts to further ensure ethnic minorities the full range of human
rights including cultural rights (Japan);
38. Make more widely available to the world its experience in combining a strong
state with ethnic regional autonomy (Sri Lanka);
39. Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Macao Special Administrative
Region continue to function according to their realities and preserve different
rights of their citizens in accordance with their laws (Benin);
40. Share with interested developing countries their good practices in the
implementation of this concept of Scientific Outlook on Development (Algeria);
41. Make available in international languages to the rest of the world its experience in
economic revolution, modernization and in satisfying the material needs of an
enormous rural population (Sri Lanka);
42. Share good practices that allowed China to achieve poverty reduction targets set
in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (Angola).
115. The following recommendations are noted and China indicated that they are pertaining to
measures already being implemented or which had already been implemented:
1. Guarantee that all detainees, regardless of their crimes, are held in facilities with
decent standard and treatment (Germany);
2. Develop and adopt a comprehensive policy to combat child labour (Finland);
3. Strengthen the protection of ethnic minorities’ religious, civil, socio-economic and
political rights (Australia); In accordance with the Constitution, allow ethnic
minorities to fully exercise their human rights, to preserve their cultural identity
and to ensure their participation in decision-making; (and address these issues in
the National Plan of Action) (Austria).
116. The following recommendations will be examined by China which will provide responses
in due time. The responses of China to these recommendations will be included in the outcome
report adopted by the Human Rights Council at its eleventh session:
1. Inscribe a legal definition of discrimination in its national law (Portugal)/Evaluate
the possibility of establishing a legal description of discrimination taking into
account international legal standards in this area (Argentina);
2. Reduce the number of crimes carrying the death penalty (Australia, Canada);
3. Adopt specific legislation on domestic violence (Brazil);
4. Follow-up on this UPR (Austria).
117. The recommendations noted in the report in paragraphs 27(b),(c),(d),(e),(f), (g), 28 (a),
(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), 30(b),(c), 31, 38, 42, 43(a),(b),(e),(f),(g),(h) 56, 79(a), (c), 81(b), 82,
83(a),(c),(d),(e), (g), 84(a), 85(b),86(b),(e), 92(b),(c),(d),(e),(f),(g), (h), 95(b), (c), (d), 96, 97 did
not enjoy the support of China.
118. All conclusions and/or recommendations contained in the present report reflect the
position of the submitting State(s) and /or the State under review thereon. They should not be
construed as endorsed by the Working Group as a whole.
COMPOSITION OF THE DELEGATION
The delegation of China was headed by H.E. Mr. LI Baodong, Representative,
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and
composed of 42 members:
H.E. Mr. WANG Qun, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of China to the
United Nations Office at Geneva;
Mr. SHEN Yongxiang, Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs, Ministry of
Mr. TAM Chi-yuen, Raymond, Under Secretary, Constitutional and Mainland Affairs of
the HKSAR Government;
Mr. Jorge Costa Oliveira, Director, International Law Office of the MSAR Government.
Mr. HU Yunteng, Deputy Director, Office of Judicial Interpretation, Supreme People's
Mr. SONG Hansong, Deputy Director General, Procuratorial Department for Malfeasance,
Supreme People's Procuratorate;
Mr. GUAN Que, Deputy Director General, The United Front Work Department of CPC
Mr. ZHU Jianquan, Deputy Researcher, Political and Law Commission of CPC Central
Mr. HUANG Taiyun, Deputy Director, Criminal Law Department, Commission of
Legislative Affairs of the Standing Committee of NPC;
Mr. HUANG Xingsheng, Director, Department of Policy and Regulation Ministry of
Mr. ZHANG Ruopu, Deputy Director General, Department of Policy and Regulation,
State Ethnic Affairs Commission;
Mr. LIU Guoxiang, Deputy Inspector, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Public
Ms. YANG Chunyan, Official, Department of Legal Affairs, Ministry of Public Security;
Mr. LIU Weimin, Deputy Director General, Bureau of Reeducation-Through-Labour,
Ministry of Justice;
Ms. DANG Xiaojie, Inspector, Department of Law and Regulation, Ministry of Human
Resources and Social Security;
Mr. JIANG Wanrong, Deputy Director General, Department of Real Estate Market
Supervision, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development;
Mr. LEI Haichao, Director, Department of Health, Ministry of Health;
Mr. CHEN Zongrong, Director General, Department of Policy and Regulation State
Administration for Religious Affairs;
Mr. LI Wufeng, Director General, State Council Information Office;
Mr. SANG Fujiang, Deputy Director General, Department of Visit Reception, State
Bureau for Letters and Calls of Complaint;
Mr. ZHANG Guozhong, Director, State Council Commission on Affairs of Disabled
Ms. WANG Tieli, Counsellor, Department of Translation and Interpretation, Ministry of
Ms. YAN Jiarong, Director, Department of International Organizations and Conferences,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Ms. XU Jing, Deputy Director, Department of International Organizations and
Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Ms. LIN Wenhua, Deputy Director, Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Foreign
Mr. GAO Jianzheng, Deputy Director, Department of External Security Issues, Ministry
of Foreign Affairs;
Mr. ZHANG Yi, Third Secretary, Department of International Organizations and
Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Ms. LIU Lingxiao, Official, Department of International Organizations and Conferences,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
Mr. QIAN Bo, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at
Mr. HE Zhaohua, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office
Mr. KE Yousheng, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
Office at Geneva;
Mr. ZHOU Xianfeng, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
Office at Geneva;
Mr. LUO Cheng, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
Office at Geneva;
Ms. YANG Xiaoning, Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations
Office at Geneva;
Ms. CHENG Pui-lan, Roxana, Senior Assistant Solicitor General, HKSAR Government;
Mr. CHOW Wing-hang, Principal Assistant Secretary, Security Department, HKSAR
Mr. FONG Ngai, Assistant Commissioner, Labour Department, HKSAR Government;
Mr. NG Wai-tong, Stanley, Assistant Secretary of Constitutional and Mainland Affairs,
Ms. CHUI Sze Man, Stella, Information Officer of Constitutional and Mainland Affairs,
Mr. Ip Peng Kin, Director, Social Welfare Bureau of the MSAR Government;
Mr. Diamantino José dos Santos, Coordinator, Security Coordination Office of the MSAR
Ms. Ilda Cristina Ferreira, Senior Legal Adviser, International Law Office of the MSAR
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.