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Resolucije EP

The case of the missing book publishers in Hong Kong

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the case of the missing book publishers in Hong Kong.

The text adopted in plenary was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ALDE, ECR, Greens/EFA and EFDD groups.

Members recalled that five booksellers (Lui Bo, Gui Minhai, Zhang Zhiping, Lin Rongji and Lee Po), four of them resident in Hong Kong and one non-resident, associated with the publishing house Mighty Current and its bookstore, who sold literary works critical of Beijing, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances. There have been persuasive media allegations, and concerns on the part of lawmakers, human rights organisations and numerous civilians, that the five booksellers were abducted by China's mainland authorities.

Expressing its grave concern, Parliament called for the immediate publication of detailed information on the whereabouts and well-being of Lee Po and Gui Minhai, and calls for their immediate safe release and for them to be given the right of communication [...]

The cases of the Larung Gar Tibetan Buddhist Academy and Ilham Tohti

Parliament urged China to stop the Larung Gar demolition and respect freedom of religion urging dialogue with the local community and religious leaders.

The sentencing of 10 Tibetans to prison terms for celebrating Dalai Lama's 80th birthday was deplored.

Members were deeply concerned by deteriorating human rights in Tibet and the increasingly repressive regime faced by minorities in China, particularly Tibetans and Uighurs, and called on China to resume dialogue with Tibetan representatives.

Members were also concerned about China's adoption of the security laws package and its impact on minorities especially the counter-terrorism law- which could penalise peaceful expression of Tibetan culture and religion. China was urged to guarantee fair and safe environment for NGOs and human rights defenders to operate freely.

Parliament strongly condemned Tohti's life sentence, and called for immediate and unconditional release.

The case of Gui Minhai, jailed publisher in China

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the case of Gui Minhai, jailed publisher in China.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, Greens/EFA, GUE/NGL and EFDD groups.

Members recalled that Gui Minhai, a book publisher and shareholder of the publishing house and of a bookstore selling literary works critical of Beijing, disappeared in Pattaya, Thailand, on 17 October 2015 without trace. Gui Minhai is a Swedish citizen of Chinese origin and therefore an EU citizen.

Members also recalled that he has been under arrest for more than a year, incommunicado, and his whereabouts are unknown. They urged the relevant authorities in Thailand, China and Hong Kong to clarify the circumstances of the disappearances and stressed that the independence of book editors, journalists and bloggers must be safeguarded.

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China’s market economy status

The European Parliament adopted by 546 votes to 28, with 77 abstentions, a resolution on China's market economy status.

The resolution was tabled by the EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE and Greens/EFA groups.

Parliament stressed that China is not a market economy and that the five criteria established by the EU to define market economies have not yet been fulfilled. It is convinced that, until China meets all five EU criteria required to qualify as a market economy, the EU should use a non-standard methodology in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese imports in determining price comparability, in accordance with China's Accession Protocol which provide room for the application of a non-standard methodology.

The Commission is called upon to make a proposal in line with this principle.