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MAC calls for China to treat dissidents, rights activists well
Central News Agency
2013-12-09 11:20 PM
Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) The Cabinet-level Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) called on China to respect and safeguard human rights on the eve of International Human Rights Day, which is observed on Dec. 10. Hua Shih-chieh, director of MAC's Department of Culture and Education, made the call during his speech on letting democracy, freedom, and human rights become core values shared by both sides of the Taiwan Strait at the opening of a human rights seminar. The MAC commissioned the university to sponsor the two-day seminar to mark the 65th anniversary of International Human Rights Day. Nearly 100 scholars and experts attended the seminar to discuss issues related to the development of China's human rights. The MAC called for China to address the practical needs of the people at a time when it is planning major reforms and to treat human rights activists, dissidents and prisoners of conscience well to promote trust and harmony between the government and its people, Hua said. He said the two sides of the Taiwan Strait should compete in the areas of constitutional government, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law rather than in the military and diplomatic arenas. The results of the seminar will be presented to the government as a reference in its policy making, Hua said. (By Scarlett Chai and Lilian Wu)
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