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Wang Yi: Promoting Healthy Development of Global Human Rights Cause and Making Contributions to Prosperity and Dignity of Mankind

On December 7, 2017, when attending and addressing the opening ceremony of the first South-South Human Rights Forum, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that as developing countries remain the major force to push forward human rights progress, they should grasp the prevailing trend of our times, comply with the requirements of the times, and promote the building of a new type of international relations featured with mutual respect, equality and justice, and win-win cooperation as well as a community of shared future for mankind, so as to make fresh efforts for the achievement of social progress, improvement of people’s livelihood and fundamental freedom.

Wang Yi pointed out that firstly, we should be committed to promoting human rights through peace. Security is of paramount importance for human rights. Peace constitutes the weal for mankind while war comprises the woe for the world. How can we discuss human rights without peace and dignity without security? We should safeguard the purposes and principals of the UN Charter. No matter how situations change, sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs and other basic principles are still at the root of international relations, and should remain unshaken; no matter how the times develop, multilateralism, collective security mechanism and others still serve as the significant support for international relations, and cannot be violated. We need to build a new partnership featuring dialogue and partnership rather than confrontation and alliance. We should also establish a new concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security.

Secondly, we should be committed to promoting human rights through development. With poverty elimination as the core, we should earnestly implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that all people can enjoy the results of development. In addition, reform and innovation should be made with courage to achieve “curve overtaking” and “leapfrog development”. An open world economy should be also secured so that the favourable external environment for the development of developing countries can be created.

Thirdly, we should be committed to promoting human rights through cooperation. If someone regards human rights as a tool to trap others, they will end up harming others and themselves. Only we treat human rights as the bonds for cooperation can we all benefit from it. We should promote all parties to conduct dialogues and cooperation on the basis of equality and mutual respect. The human rights development path should not be exclusively set by someone with ultimate authority, and it also cannot be copied mechanically or blindly. We should pursue neither coercive orientalization nor westernization, but advocate diversity and localization. There is no standard to tell the different paths and systems apart in terms of superiority or inferiority but only the differences in characteristics, so we should draw upon the strengths of others and seek for harmony in diversity.

Forthly, we should be committed to promoting human rights through fairness. The representativeness and voice of developing countries in global human rights governance system should be enhanced and international cooperation in human rights should be promoted to accommodate the concerns of developing countries so that developing countries can be the beneficiary of international cooperation and governance of human rights. Let us make joint efforts to boost healthy development of global human rights cause and make greater contributions to peace, development, prosperity and dignity of mankind.

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