Recent Measures on Constructing China’s Human Rights Discourse System
June 24,2015   By:CSHRS
Recent Measures on Constructing China’s Human Rights Discourse System
FU Zitang *
At present, China is faced with two tasks in the human rights field: domestically, the country will continue pushing forward and promoting the healthy development of the human rights cause on the basis of previous achievements; internationally, the country will continue strengthening exchange and cooperation in human rights with the international community, making further contributions to a reasonable international human rights order, and addressing challenges to China from Western countries.
In recent years, China has had remarkable achievements in the human rights cause, with an even more important role on the world stage and with more confidence. At the end of 2014, the State Council Information Office organized completion of a mid-term review ofThe National Human Rights Action Plan (2012-2015).
In pushing forward the progress of China’s human rights cause, strengthening international cooperation in human rights and addressing challenges from the international community, particularly Western countries, China has to construct its own human rights discourse system, which is not a simple coinage of concepts, but a discourse system gradually developed based on reviews, summaries and extracts from the practice of China’s human rights development and guided by Marxist human rights theories.
China has to gradually establish its human rights discourse system involving practical human rights issues, such as Tibet and Xinjiang affairs, special groups of migrants, peasants, disabled persons and housekeepers, people’s livelihood, judicial protection for human rights, and other social topics like land seizure, domestic violence, crime, community management, law enforcement, mediation and cyberspace management. By showing evidence and statistics as well as summarizing facts that speak for themselves, China should gradually establish a practical human rights discourse that consequently helps shape the complete human rights discourse system and increases China’s influence in international human rights talks. National human rights education and training bases should take the responsibility of contributing to the construction of a logical and persuasive human rights discourse system with Chinese characteristics and international significance by academically explaining central policies, advancement of the human rights system and the real practices of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the state particularly since the 18th CPC National Congress.
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