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Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

China, notably the situation of religious and ethnic minorities

  Charles Tannock, on behalf of the ECR Group. – Mr President, discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities is not a new phenomenon in China, yet recent reports are so alarming that human rights defenders are comparing the Strike Hard Campaign in Xinjiang with the hard—line policies common during the Cultural Revolution. Over a million ethnic Kazakhs, Uyghurs and other minorities are being forced into re—education camps and placed under surveillance. It is a positive step, however, that EU diplomats in Beijing have been invited to visit the Xinjiang region. But such a visit would only be meaningful if unfettered access to re—education camps and their inmates were granted.

I would also urge the EU Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief to request a visit to the region. In the next mandate, the EU must continue to robustly act to promote full respect for the rule of law and human rights in the People’s Republic of China, which under President Xi, sadly, seems to have taken a step backwards.

Last updated: 8 July 2019Legal notice