The participants at a seminar in Vienna this week praised the human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China in the highest terms: “Experts praise China’s progress in human rights,” headlined Xinhua (“New China News Agency”), the Chinese government’s largest news agency.
The report is about a “Sino-European human rights seminar” that took place on Tuesday in Vienna and, thanks to online broadcast, simultaneously in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Ex-Federal President Heinz Fischer (SPÖ) has a say in this. Photos show him interviewing Chinese TV.
More than “100 human rights scholars, officials and representatives of international organizations” attended the seminar, Xinhua reports. The participants “commended China’s development in the field of human rights and highlighted China’s efforts in promoting international dialogue and cooperation on human rights issues.”
Heinz Fischer gave an interview to Xinhua on the fringes of the seminar. In it, he emphasized “that he has visited China several times since the 1970s and observed the country’s rapid socio-economic development and progress in human rights”. Fischer also addressed China’s industrial progress: In the past few decades, the People’s Republic has developed into a “highly industrialized” and “high-tech” country.: “That is incomparable. That is very impressive.”
Fischer made no criticism of the human rights situation in China. As the news agency reports, he primarily sees “different approaches to human rights” in China and Europe. It is therefore necessary “to exchange opinions with high-ranking participants in such a seminar.”