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3. Wide shot Tang Jiaxuan, Chinese State Councillor, delivering a speech
4. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Tang Jiaxuan, Chinese State Councillor:
“Every country should choose its own way to promote and protect human rights in line with its national conditions. There is no uniform standard with regard to national human rights action plans, national human rights institutions or human rights education.”
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7. SOUNDBITE: (English) Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“In this regard, I note that of the 31 parties to the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and their Families, only six are from the Asia-Pacific region. I would urge all countries in this region to sign up to this landmark treaty.”
8. Wide shot Louise Arbour delivering speech
9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Implementation of rights requires that those rights be entrenched by law. The process begins with the ratification of human rights treaties. May I take this opportunity, therefore, to urge all member states present who have not yet done so, to ratify these core instruments.”
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11. Medium shot Tang Jiaxuan shaking hands with Louise Arbour
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The chief UN human rights official on Tuesday called on China and other Asia-Pacific governments to ratify human rights treaties and stop trafficking in women and children.
Louise Arbour, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said only six of the 52 countries in the Asia-Pacific region had ratified a UN treaty on the rights of migrant workers, and she appealed to others to sign up to the convention.
Arbour was speaking at the opening of a UN human rights conference in Beijing.
Also speaking at the conference was a senior Chinese official, State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan.
Tang repeated China”s insistence that the country”s economic growth has improved the basic human rights of its people.
“Every country should choose its own way to promote and protect human rights to meet the fundamental interests of (its) people,” said Tang. “There is no uniform standard with regard to national human rights action plans.”
Later, Arbour met in private with Tang for about 45 minutes but she declined to comment on the meeting.
She was expected to press for legal reforms meant to clear the way to ratifying a key UN treaty on legal rights.
China has been widely criticised by the US and other countries for its human rights records.
Arbour was scheduled to meet later with China”s justice minister and other officials.
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