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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Situation of the Uyghur in China (China-cables) (debate)

  Neena Gill (S&D). – Madam President, I’d like to welcome the High Representative back, and it’s good to him here in the Chamber in his new role.

We are facing one of the biggest human rights crisis on the planet. A million Uyghurs are detained in high-security prison camps, subjected to and forced into political indoctrination and torture. Those not in the camps are subject to constant surveillance. This is not counter-terrorism. These are human rights violations on a scale we have not seen in decades. Public statements are no longer enough. We seriously need to review our relationship with China, including trade, and undertake an investigation into European companies operating in Xinjiang.

High Representative, you and President von der Leyen have spoken about being a geopolitical Commission. Here’s your moment. Will the EU remain silent or take serious action against China? Furthermore, what is the strategy to ensure that we are prepared to counter the growing human rights threats posed by China’s advances in AI and facial recognition technology, with no transparency in how the data is being used?

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