|Statement by Ms. ZHANG Dan, Counsellor of the Chinese Delegation, at the Third Committee of the 65th Session of the General Assembly on the Implementation of Human Rights Instruments (Item68A)|
The Chinese Government attaches great importance to the role played by international human rights instruments in promoting and protecting human rights and has so far acceded to twenty-five instruments in this field, including core instruments such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its two Optional Protocols, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. China has already signed the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and is now in the process of legislative, judicial and administrative reforms so as to align our domestic laws with the provisions of this convenant, thus paving the way for its ultimate ratification.
The Chinese government strictly observes the obligations under all international treaties to which it is a party and treats the reporting obligation with utmost seriousness. We believe that, diligent preparation of reports on the implementation of human rights treaties is not only a good way to take stock of and evaluate activities carried out by the government for the promotion of human rights, but also a great opportunity to receive advice and improve our work. So far this year, China has submitted the 3rd and 4th combined report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the second report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as well as the first report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
At present, China is in the midst of preparing the first report on the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and the 7th and 8th combined report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Since China the return of Hong Kong and Macau, the Chinese government, in line with the principle of “One Country, Two Systems”, has actively supported the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions (SAR) in fulfilling their treaty obligations and protecting human rights. The above mentioned reports submitted this year by China all contained information prepared by the governments of Hong Kong and Macau SARs.
The Chinese government pays great attention