Wednesday, November 03, 2010

UN chief raises human rights in China speech

"Clearly, China is on the rise. Its transformation has been profound. Its influence is increasingly global. Its power is real... with this remarkable progress comes great expectations and great responsibilities," Ban said.
"As we move forward, we recognise that achieving the shared goals of human rights around the world is more than an aspiration, it is a foundation of peace and harmony in our modern world," he said.
"So too is respect for freedom of expression and the protection of its defenders," added the UN chief, according to a copy of his remarks released by the world body.
Ban said he was confident that China's current and future leaders would play a role in helping the UN confront "myriad challenges" by showing "full commitment to the common values that unite us" including human rights.
"The values embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are timeless and shared yet unrealised in far too much of the globe," he said.
"We must continue to work together to make those rights real in people's lives."

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