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On the Relationship between Human Rights Protection and the Modernization of State Governance
June 12,2015   By:CSHRS
On the Relationship between Human Rights Protection and the Modernization of State Governance
 
                                      ZHANG Xiaoling & FENG Jintong*
 
Abstract: There is an inner connection between the protection of human rights and good governance. On the one hand, human rights protection is the foundation and fundamental criteria for good governance, which contains democracy, rule of law and civilization, with human rights being a cross-cutting element. On the other hand, human rights protection provides conditions and motives for realizing good governance. The latter should take human rights as fundamental value. Human rights protection is also a good test for the governance.  
 
Keywords: human rights protection    state governance    China   modernization  
 
The Decision on Major Issues Concerning Comprehensively Deepening Reforms adopted during the 3rd Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee clearly stipulated for the first time ever that “The general purpose of deepening its all-round reform is to develop socialism with Chinese characteristics, and to advance modernization in the State governance system and governance capability”.1 And CPC’s Central Committee’s Decision on a Number of Major Issues Concerning the Comprehensive Advancement of the Rule of Law adopted during the 4th Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee clearly stated that “rule of law is an essential requirement and an important guarantee for upholding and developing socialism with Chinese characteristics”.2 Then, what is the relationship between human rights and the modernization of state governance? What status do human rights enjoy in the modernization of state governance? What role do human rights play? This paper tentatively explores the relationship between the two. 
 
I.Human rights protection is the foundation and fundamental criteria for the modernization of state governance
 
The modernization of state governance is a concept with rich connotations including democratization, legalization, civilization and other factors. And human rights are the fundamental concept connecting there factors. 
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