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China Society for Human Rights Studies

2018-03-22 15:35:32Source: en.humanrights.cn
The China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) is the largest national non-governmental organization in the field of human rights in China. It is a member of the United Nations Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CONGO), which enjoys a special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is included in the World Directory of Human Rights Research and Training Institutions compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The activities and tasks of the CSHRS are: studying the theories, history, and status of human rights in China and foreign countries; popularizing and publicizing human rights knowledge; engaging in international exchanges and cooperation; and promoting healthy development of human rights causes in China and the world as a whole.
The CSHRS was founded in January 1993. Its incumbent president is Qiangba Puncog, and the vice presidents are: Xu Xianming, Li Junru, Shen Yongxiang and Fu Zitang. Lu Guangjin is concurrently secretary-general.
The CSHRS established the China Human Rights Net (www.humanrights.cn) in 1998, with both Chinese and English editions, and began to publish the bimonthly magazine Human Rights (in Chinese and English editions) in February 2002. It regularly publishes the research report "China's Human Rights in Action" and, irregularly, "Yearbook of Human Rights in China".
The CSHRS is active in human rights studies. It has organized dozens of seminars on human rights theory, conducted surveys of China’s human rights conditions and established funds for human rights studies. It has published dozens of books including Overview of World Human Rights Instruments and its Continuation, "Enshrinement of Human Right in the Constitution" and Guarantee of Human Rights by the Legal System, On Human Rights and Sovereignty, and the Annual Report on China’s Human Rights (The Blue Book of China’s Human Rights). It has also translated and published a series of imported books on human rights, including Encyclopedia of Human Rights and A Course in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The Society endeavors to popularize human rights knowledge in an effort to raise the awareness of the importance of human rights throughout society. It had co-hosted with China National Public Radio a series of radio lectures titled "Talk about Human Rights", sponsored columns titled "100 Q&As on Human Rights knowledge" in the People's Daily and "China's Human Rights Panorama" in the People's Daily Overseas Edition, and compiled and published such educational materials as 100 Q&As on Human Rights knowledge, Overview of Key Human Rights Documents and Reading Book on Human Rights Knowledge for Cadres. It had also organized relevant seminars and trainings of officials and law-enforcement personnel.
The CSHRS actively participates in international human rights exchanges and cooperation. It has held several key international symposiums on human rights, and sent its members to attend human rights conferences and activities held by the United Nations and other international organizations. Delegations organized by the CSHRS have visited more than 20 countries and regions such as the US, the UK and France. The CSHRS has received visiting scholars and officials including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, a delegation of the European Parliament.
The sources of the CSHRS' funds are mainly the China Foundation for Human Rights Development, donations from other organizations and the public, and other lawful income.