The EU-China Human Rights Project

After four and a half years of activities, the EU-China Human Rights Network project concluded at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway in November 2013. The overall objective of the EU-China Human Rights Network Project, which closely mirrored the 2002-2004 EU-funded Human Rights Network also led by the Irish Centre for Human Rights, was to strengthen the realisation of human rights in China and sup- port China in its efforts to align its human rights policy with international norms. Since 2009, the €1.5 million EU-funded project has enabled the Irish Centre for Human Rights to lead the development of the EU- China Human Rights Seminars process, which brought together Chinese and European academics, NGOs and government officials on a regular basis to analyse human rights practices and developments in both regions. The project has also given the Irish Centre for Human Rights the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of EU policy responses to key human rights developments in China through the provision of expert analysis of current practices delivered to the European External Action Service, to implement human rights education capacity building initiatives in participating Chinese universities and to present its view of the EU-China Human Rights Seminars process to the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights on two separate occasions. >Throughout the project, the Irish Centre for Human Rights cooperated closely with long-term partners in leading universities and research centres across the EU and China. Special thanks are due to all our colleagues in the Chinese Academy of Human Rights for their support and friendship. 

For further information about the 2002-2004 EU funded Human Rights Network please visit the website of the previous project here.