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Statement by the Chinese Delegation upon Adoption of the Report of The Second Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review on China By the Human Rights Council Working Group
  Geneva, 25 October 2013


Mr. President,

Fellow Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

The Second Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on China by the Human Rights Council (HRC) is about to end. On behalf of all the members of the Chinese delegation, including delegates from Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions, I would like to thank H.E. Yvette Stevens, Ambassador of Sierra Leone, for her briefing to the Working Group on behalf of the troika on the report of the UPR on China. I thank Mr. President for his outstanding leadership and my fellow delegates for their active participation and objective comments and recommendations. My thanks also go to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for its technical support, especially the staff of OHCHR and UNOG as well as the interpreters and translators for their hard work.

The just-adopted report crystallizes the tremendous efforts made by the troika. The Chinese delegation appreciates the spirit of independence, impartiality, transparency and dedication that they have demonstrated in preparation of the report. Prepared in accordance with the relevant principles set out by the HRC and past practices of the Working Group, the report is in general an objective and balanced reflection of the review of China by the Working Group, and has laid an important foundation or its adoption at the next HRC session. We think the vast majority of the recommendations in the report are well-intentioned and constructive. China will carefully study these recommendations, positively consider them in light of China's national conditions and give a feedback before the HRC session next March.

Mr. President,

China is always of the view that there is no universally applicable model for human rights development. Due to differences in history, cultural tradition, economic development level and social system, countries face different challenges and priority tasks in the field of human rights, and their paths toward human rights development are bound to differ as well. To judge whether a path is good or not, the key is to see whether it meets people's needs and aspirations and brings benefits to the people. Thanks to over six decades of strenuous exploration and practice, the Chinese government and people have found a socialist human rights development path with Chinese characteristics, which has effectively safeguarded various rights of the 1.3 billion Chinese people and upgraded China's human rights development to an unprecedented level. It is proved that the human rights development path chosen by the Chinese people suits China's national conditions and is a right path to follow. At present, we Chinese people are all working hard for the realization of the Chinese dream, which is also a human rights dream. We will continuously explore new ways and measures for promotion and protection of human rights, and step up exchanges and mutual learning with other countries for common progress. I believe that by the next cycle of the UPR on China, further progress will have been made in the living standard of the Chinese people, our democratic system, the rule of law, cultural development, social security, environmental protection, and international human rights exchanges and cooperation.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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