A delegation from the China Society for Human Rights Studies (CSHRS) visited Athens, Greece on 5 and 6 July 2018. The CSHRS delegation, China’s largest national non-governmental organization in the field of human rights, visited the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), the Institute of International Economic Relations (IIER), Macropolis and the Greek National Commission for Human Rights. Headed by Fu Zitang, vice-President of the CSHRS and President of Southwest University of Political Science and Law, it exchanged views with leading Greek professors, judges, lawyers, practicioners, researchers and senior journalists. These included EPLO Director Spyridon Flogaitis and IIER Director Dr Charalampos Tsardanidis.
The Chinese delegation presented information about China’s substantial progress in protecting and improving people’s livelihood over 40 years of reform and opening up, including the reduction of the number of people living in poverty by over 68 million since 2012. Despite the different interpretation of the very concept of human rights in the West, the visit outlined the importance of dialogue on this subject as well as the exisiting opportunities for enhanced cooperation among institutions of China and Greece.