Debate between CCHRC and Amnesty International on China’s influence on global human rights discourse

Increasingly, due to its growing economic weight and political power, China is becoming an important player in the international human rights system. It has already been successful in turning the countries of the Global South into a united bloc, as is exemplified by the adoption of the so-called ‘Win-Win-resolution by the Human Rights Council over the objections of some Western countries. The withdraw by the US from the Human Rights Council further enhances China’s role. 

What does China’s increasing role mean for the international human rights system? Will it be a rule taker or a rule maker? Critics argue that China itself currently is not living up to its human rights obligations, so they are afraid that China’s growing weight will water down and weaken the system. Are they right? In its China Strategy, the Dutch Government claims that China at the international level is calling into question the universality of human rights. Is that a correct interpretation? NGO’s mainly rely on the tactic of ‘naming and shaming’ to ensure that China upholds its human rights obligations. Is this strategy working, or are there other, more effective means to ensure that China sticks to its engagements? How should the international community interact with China to ensure that the international human rights system remains intact?

CCHRC’s Tom Zwart and Eduard Nazarsky, the Director of the Dutch branch of Amnesty International will debate about this theme on June 6, 2019.

Location: 3D Debate Centre, VU Campus square, corner W&N building

Time: 5:30-17:00 uur (Doors open at 15:00)