The deal, signed by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbor and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Shen Goufang, covers plans to help China find alternative sanctions to imprisonment and to help the country revise its criminal procedure, while facilitating the capacity building of civil society.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the agreement should also help incorporate human rights education into the curricula of primary and secondary schools, universities and the training of civil servants, and assist the authorities in their study of the establishment of ‘a national human rights institution.
OHCHR has been engaged in dialogue with China since 1998, when the two signed a “memorandum of understanding”. A first “memorandum of understanding”, setting in motion a cooperation program, was concluded in September 2000.
During her visit to China, which is scheduled to last until September 2, Ms. Arbor also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including the China Society for Human Rights Studies, the China Disabled People’s Federation, the Beijing Children’s Legal Air Fund and Research Center, the Beijing Bar Association and the Women’s Law Research and Service Center of Peking University Law School.