GENEVA, Nov. 7 (Xinhua) -- China's Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng on Tuesday said that China's perspective on human rights has been widely understood, recognized and supported.
Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng (R) attends the Universal Periodic Review of China before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on November 6, 2018 in Geneva. (Photos: VCG)
China's human rights record was examined for the third time by the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review mechanism here on Tuesday, following the previous two reviews in 2009 and 2013, respectively.
China sent a delegation composed of representatives from nearly 20 ministries, Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions, and the governments of Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions to participate in Tuesday's review.
Le, also head of the Chinese delegation, said during an interview with Xinhua that among the 150 countries that spoke during the review, more than 120 countries expressed their support for and appreciation of China's human rights progresses.
According to Le, China's approach to human rights development with Chinese characteristics and its point of view such as "no security, no human rights,""development is a primary human right,""poverty reduction helps human rights promotion" and "cooperation for human rights," have aroused strong resonance and wide recognition during the review.
"During the past 40 years of reform and opening-up, China has consistently combined the universality and particularity of human rights, adhered to the mutual promotion of democracy and people's livelihood, and pioneered a path of human rights development with Chinese characteristics in line with its own conditions," he said.
The official told Xinhua that the promotion and protection of human rights is a dynamic historical process, and different cultural traditions, historical inheritance and basic national conditions have determined that countries must follow the path of human rights development that suits their own characteristics and set priorities in human rights development at different stages.
"The Chinese concept of human rights conforms to the public opinion, reflects the requirements of the times, embodies the spirit of innovation, and expresses the aspirations of the vast number of developing countries," he said.
In response to the "concern" raised by several Western countries during the review on the issue of China's Xinjiang, Le said that the reason Xinjiang has established the vocational education and training program is to meet the needs for fighting against terrorism.
The program is established to help those influenced by extremism return to normal life through education. As a preventive measure, it is another major contribution that China has made in international counter-terrorism, Le said.
Cover image: China Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng attends the Universal Periodic Review of China by the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2018.