13 May 2004
United Nations, China Discuss Implementation of Crime-related Conventions
VIENNA, 13 May (UN Information Service) -- Chinese Vice Minister of Justice Aiying Wu met with Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Ms. Wu is heading the Chinese delegation at the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, currently meeting in Vienna.
Ms. Wu highlighted her Governments challenge in facing the increasing rate of crime, a problem shared by many countries worldwide. She also stressed Chinas efforts towards addressing human rights protection in both criminal legislation and justice administration. In March 2004, the Tenth National Peoples Congress amended the Chinese Constitution, introducing the clause of respecting and safeguarding human rights, making this requirement an important principle in both political and legal life in China.
Mr. Costa praised the efforts made by China in social development and the rule of law. He expressed satisfaction about China ratifying the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (TOC) and signing the Convention against Corruption.
UNODC reiterated its proposal to the Chinese Government to set up a field office in Beijing, in order to strengthen the partnership in law enforcement and prevention of drug-related HIV/AIDS, and to assist the neighbouring countries.
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