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: Cui Yuying, Xu Xianming, Li Junru, Shen Yongxiang and Fu Zitang. Lu Guangjin is concurrently secretary-general.
The CSHRS is governed by the National Council. The council convenes every five years and is made up of 166 members coming from all the provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across China, except for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Macao Special Administrative Region, and Taiwan Province.
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 research into human rights. It has published Overview of World Human Rights Instruments and its continuation, China's Human Rights in the New Century, "Enshrinement of Human Right in the Constitution" and Guarantee of Human Rights by the Legal System, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Human Rights in China, Oriental Culture and Development of Human Rights, Human Rights and A Harmonious World, Guarantee of Human Rights in China's Prisons, On Human Rights and Sovereignty, and so on. It has also organized the translation into Chinese and the publication in China of many books on human rights, including Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Universal Declaration of Human Rights—A Common Standard of Achievement, 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 exchanges and cooperation in the field of human rights. It had held several large multilateral international symposiums on human rights, and sent delegates to human rights conferences and other relevant activities held by the United Nations and other international organizations. Delegations organized by the CSHRS had visited the US, Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco and Egypt. The CSHRS had invited and received visitors including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a delegation of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest, a delegation of the European Parliament, and human rights officials, experts and scholars from the US, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Ukraine, Egypt, India, Malaysia and the ROK.
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.
Address: Room 503, 199 Chaonei Street, Beijing, China
Zip Code: 100010
China Society for Human Rights Studies
August 01,2014 By:chinahumanrights.org
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