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16th Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights held in Beijing

Source: Updated: 2016-11-11

The 16th Informal ASEM Seminar was held in Beijing on November 8. More than 160 delegates from member countries of ASEM joined the event to discuss human right issues of the disabled. Jia Yong, vice chairman of the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, and Li Baodong, Vice Foreign Minister of China, attended the opening ceremony.

Jia said in his speech that an initiative to promote cooperation in disability work in Asia and Europe was brought out at last year’s seminar. The initiative has three major aims: promoting social development, promoting human rights production, and economic growth.

Li Baodong said that this year marks the 20th anniversary of ASEM and the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme of this year’s Informal ASEM Seminar on Human Rights is “disability and human rights”, which calls for the international community to create a more tolerant social environment for the disabled.

In the past five years, about 5.88 million people with disabilities in rural areas were lifted out of poverty, 10 million disabled people were provided with a minimum living allowance, and more than 10 million received rehabilitation services. In the next five years, about 85 million disabled people will become part of the moderately prosperous society. China will work with other countries to make sure that every person with disabilities has their human rights protected.

More than 100 government officials, scholars, and NGO delegates attended the seminar.

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