China and the European Union (EU) Hold the 36th Human Rights Dialogue

On July 9, 2018, the 36th Human Rights Dialogue between China and the European Union (EU) was held in Beijing. Director-General of the Department of International Organizations and Conferences of the Foreign Ministry Li Junhua and the EU Ambassador to China Hans Dietmar Schweisgut attended the opening ceremony of the dialogue. Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Liu Hua and Deputy Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific of the European External Action Service Paola Pampaloni co-chaired the dialogue. The Supreme People's Court of China, the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, the State Ethnic Affairs Commission of China, the Ministry of Public Security of China, the Ministry of Justice of China and the State Administration for Religious Affairs of China, as well as the European External Action Service, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights and other departments assigned representatives to attend the dialogue.

Both sides exchanged views on new progress in the field of human rights, international cooperation in the field of human rights, women's rights and rights of people with disability, business and human rights, and other topics. The Chinese side introduced in the dialogue China's tremendous progress in the field of human rights over the past five years, and asked the EU to take a comprehensive and objective view on China's human rights achievements and to conduct human rights exchanges with China on the basis of equality and mutual respect. China also put forward such issues as protection of refugees and gender discrimination in Europe to the EU, and hoped that the EU would improve it properly. Both sides believed that this candid, comprehensive and in-depth dialogue enhanced mutual understanding.

The EU delegation will also pay courtesy calls on principals of relevant departments in Beijing and visit religious venues.

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