The UN's top human rights official Louise Arbour has expressed
her thanks to the Chinese government for its recent donation to her
office, the Chinese mission to the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) said
Arbour, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said China's
donation was not only a contribution to important human rights
activities, but also a demonstration of China's commitment to the
spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the mission
said in a statement.
The high commissioner added that she would called on other
countries to follow China's suit and actively support the world
human rights cause, according to the statement.
The Chinese government made the donation of 20,000 US dollars to
Arbour's office on Dec. 31, 2007, following an appeal by the high
commissioner for voluntary contribution on the occasion of the 60th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The amount will be used for anti-racism activities in South
This was China's first donation to Arbour's office. It showed
that China attaches high importance to the UN's human rights
activities and it firmly supports the human rights cause of
developing countries, the Chinese mission said.
(Xinhua News Agency January 17, 2008)