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Thursday, 18 April 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

China, notably the situation of religious and ethnic minorities

  Marietje Schaake, on behalf of the ALDE Group. – Mr President, as we speak, approximately one million people in China find themselves in arbitrary detention in camps that have been described by the UN as political indoctrination camps and no-rights zones, and we cannot look away or be blinded by the gold rush that our companies are seeing when they want to do business in China. Bit by bit, the Chinese Government is building up an extensive mass surveillance system over the Uyghurs living in the Xinjiang province and such measures, including the use of spyware, are heavy violations of the rights of privacy for these people.

The new EU-China strategy, which I think is urgent and welcome, should have as its first action to address issues of ‘shared concern’ and I believe human rights should really top the list. We need to look further than just talking, and consistently see concerns about human rights violations raised at the highest political level. I also believe it is urgent that we look at the commercial markets of surveillance technology.

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