Sunday, January 7, 2007

Royal brings up human rights in Forbidden City

Today Socialist candidate Segolene Royal brought up the issue of China's human rights violations during a walk in Bejing's Forbidden City.

"Precisely on the issue of the imprisoned lawyers and journalists, I think that this kind of professions that help protect human rights need to be protected and this is part of the international obligation of countries that sign international treaties."

She added that she wishes "to create bonds with China without folding back some on fundamental values".

Royal ate lunch with Wang Jiarui, the Chief of the International Department of the Central Committee. He said that he would like to see greater exchanges with the French Socialist Party.

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