Over 50 students at the Human Rights Master’s Programme at Peking University attended a recent lecture on anti-corruption and human rights delivered by Mikael Johansson, Acting Director of Programmes and Senior Policy Adviser on Anti-Corruption and Human Rights at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.
“Corruption and anti-corruption are global issues. But the relation between corruption and human rights draws little attention. It is the first time for our programme to have a lecture about corruption and human rights. Our students were very interested and learnt that anti-corruption and human rights can be mutually reinforcing”, commented Professor Bai Guimei, Executive Director of the Research Centre for Human Rights of Peking University Law School’s Research Centre.
RWI also took the opportunity to ask some of the students about their thoughts on the lecture:
“The lecture gave us a better understanding of corruption from the human rights protection perspective and made us realize that corruption can severely damage the protection of human rights in many ways. Different countries are facing the same challenges caused by new technologies in the battle against corruption, but technology also provided us with many new opportunities to find new effective solutions to win this battle, such as block chain.”
Peking University Law School (PULS) is home to one of the first human rights centres in China. The Research Centre for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RCHR) was established in 1997. RWI and PULS/RCHR have been cooperating in the field of human rights promotion and education since 1997, and in 2004 they launched China’s first comprehensive human rights programme for master’s students with support from RWI and SIDA. Over 300 students have now graduated from the programme, and another 50 students are attending the master’s programme in 2019.