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Forum invites rethink of human rights

10-20-2010 21:25 BJT Special Report:3rd Beijing Forum on Human Rights |

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The third Beijing Forum on Human Rights has ended. Our reporter Shen Le has been at the event and discovered new ways of thinking about the concept.

Many participants have answered the forum's call to rethink the concepts, models and approaches to human rights.

Some have tried to seek inspiration from traditional Chinese culture.

Vice president Ye Xiaowen said, "The essence of Chinese culture is the pursuit for harmony between human and nature, between people and within oneself. The respect of human rights is included in this pursuit."

Some maintain that dignity is the priority above everything else.

Prof. Sirkka Korpela, school of Int'l & Public Affairs, Columbia University, said, "The right to have a basic and dignified way of life...any, any kind of other human rights."

But for others, the concept is about accessibility to all forms of basic rights.

Justine Nolan, deputy director of Australian Human Rights Center, said, "The basic rights, how we live our lives...that should be available for everybody around the world."

After two days of heated discussion and candid exchange, participants have gained a better understanding of each other's approach to human rights. But that doesn't mean they have sorted out their differences.

The two day forum has officially ended. But it seems more efforts are needed, both official and unofficial, for people in the east and the west to truly see eye to eye when it comes to human rights.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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