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Statement by the Chinese delegation under the General Debate of Item 5 of Human Rights Council 19th Session

                                                                                              (March 14, 2012, Palais des Nations)


Madame President,

The Chinese delegation thanks the Advisory Committee, the Social Forum and the Forum on Minority Issues for their respective report to the Council.

The Advisory Committee is a think thank of the HRC, China has always supported the Committee in carrying out thematic research as requested by the Council. We value the advisory opinion provided by the Committee to the work of the Council. Its Study on the Enhancement of International Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights provides useful guidance for the international community to enhance dialogue and cooperation in the field of human rights. Its Study on Severe Child Malnutrition and Other Diseases and its Study on the Advancement of the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas are important food for thought for countries to better protect rights of children and the rural population.

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development. The Social Forum discussed how to mobilize all states, the civil society and the international community to more effectively promote and realize the right to development. China endorses recommendations of the Forum that the Council should promote the mainstreaming of the right to development, and hopes and the Council will make more efforts to promote and protect this right.

As to the Forum on Minority Issues, its report on "Guaranteeing the Rights of Minority Women and Girls" aims at enhancing the role of minority women at all levels in the country. China believes that all states should effectively ensure rights of minority women to education, participation in economic life, access to employment market and full participation in social, cultural and political life. China also hopes that the Forum will strictly screen credentials of participants, in order to prevent some people from using the Forum for activities that go against the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

Thank you Madame President.

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