by swisscham in Bilateral Relations
Federal Councillor Simonetta Sommaruga, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP), met the Minister for Justice of the People’s Republic of China, Wu Aiying, on Tuesday in Bern. The visit focussed on co-operation between the two countries in judicial matters and on co-operation within the dialogue on human rights aimed at strengthening democracy and the rule of law. During their meeting the two ministers discussed the dialogue between Switzerland and China on human rights. The dialogue is planned to continue in November and aims to bring about a lasting improvement in the protection of human rights. Mrs Sommaruga emphasised the importance of this dialogue: human rights, she said, were an essential basis for peace and stability. It was important to strengthen the judicial system, promote constitutional democracy and protect minority rights, as well as strengthen the role of civil society whose task it was to follow government activity with a critical eye. This, in turn, required the freedom of expression, Mrs Sommaruga said.