Xi calls for more judicial cooperation

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China's government attaches great importance to advancing the rule of law and is willing to have more judicial cooperation with other countries, according to President Xi Jinping.

Xi’s remarks were in a letter of congratulation sent to the 22nd annual conference and general meeting of the International Association of Prosecutors, which opened in Beijing yesterday.

“As representatives of the public interest, prosecutors shoulder important responsibilities,” Xi said. The conference, focusing on prosecution in the public interest and building a safe, fair, harmonious and rule-of-law society, holds significance to the progress of the rule of law in the countries involved, Xi said.

Stressing the importance of the rule of law, Xi said the government had continuously pushed forward legislation in a scientific way, with strict law enforcement, judicial justice and law compliance by all citizens. “China works to ensure the country, the government and society are all under the rule of law,” he said.

Chinese procuratorates are important players in protecting the national and public interest, Xi said, as they have the functions of punishing and preventing crime and supervising litigation.

Xi encouraged prosecutors from around the world to share experiences in protecting the public interest and advancing the rule of law to deepen judicial cooperation.

China’s top legislator Zhang Dejiang said China’s national legislature had revised civil and administrative procedure laws to allow prosecutors to institute public interest litigation.

“China has been actively promoting international and regional judicial cooperation, joined international conventions and signed bilateral judicial assistance and extradition treaties,” said Zhang, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee.

He said China had delivered its commitments in international conventions and played an important role in punishing international crime and developing a global governance based on democracy and the rule of law.

He said all countries should learn from and support each other to establish a more reliable, practical and efficient international judicial cooperation system.

Zhang praised the association for championing international judicial cooperation and its commitment to making universal the rule of law, fairness and justice, as well as respect for human rights.

“Judicial institutions, particularly procuratorates, have a shared mission to combat crime, protect human rights, punish corruption and safeguard justice,” Zhang said.

He hoped participants would have in-depth discussions on how to foster a judicial guarantee for the development of their countries, ranging from combating crime, resolving disputes and protecting the public interest to fostering an orderly, rule-of-law environment.

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