South-South Human Rights Forum should be recurring: attendees
The inaugural South-South Human Rights Forum has concluded in Beijing.
International officials and experts, who have attended the event, are lauding the achievements of the event and calling for it to become a long-term mechanism to serve the global human rights agenda.
In concluding the consensus reached during the event, the forum has issued the "Beijing Declaration" to announce the common views shared by the over 300 international participants.
All parties agreed that south-south cooperation, which refers to exchanges among developing nations, plays a crucial role in promoting the development of global human rights, and countries should maintain such collaborations to tackle future challenges.
"The South-South countries should adhere to the spirit of solidarity, sharing responsibilities and obligations, mutual help and win-win cooperation, and insist on promoting cooperation with unity, advancing development through cooperation and promoting human rights through development, making efforts to achieve more adequate human rights protection," read the declaration.
The participants also expected the international community to provide more support to developing countries in the human rights field.
Referring to the declaration and the forum, Akhmad Ismailov, First Deputy Director of the National Human Rights Center in Uzbekistan, said he has learned a lot in China and will bring back useful information from the meeting.
"The forum provided a large platform to build friendships, promote tolerance and facilitate mutual understanding. I'll share with the people in my country about the experiences and achievements I've witnessed in Beijing. All participants here have been talking about one subject, and that is a harmonious and an amicable coexistence," said Ismailov.
The official also emphasized that the Beijing Declaration is very practical, saying it has drawn a global blueprint, which involves not only Chinese but also international issues and organizations.
Many other attendees of the forum have been calling for the event to run regularly in the future.
Mohammad Musa Mahmodi, Executive Director of the Independent Human Rights Commission in Afghanistan, said future meetings can provide a constant platform for developing nations to share their experience in human rights with one another.
"I hope that in the future the forum should not be a one-time event. It continues to be like this. I think many countries in the south have the means to continue the considerations of forum," said Mahmodi.
Christian Mestre, Honorary Dean of the Law School at the University of Strasbourg in France, said the regular occurrence of such meetings can help to ensure their positive global influence.
"I think we have to repeat the same thing because this thing must be heard by all persons and one time is not efficient. But if you have a regular date concerning the forum each year, and we could take the same questions, same issues. I think there is a better one diffusion around the world," said Mestre.
In the "Beijing Declaration," the participants of the forum agreed that Chinese President Xi Jinping's proposal to build a community of shared future for humanity is a major concept, which conforms to the trend of the times, fits the requirements of development, and reflects the pursuit of a new human social value.
The Chinese president sent a congratulatory letter to the forum Thursday, calling for respect to developing countries' will in human rights development.