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Parliamentary questions
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12 December 2018
E-004540/2018(ASW)
Answer given by High Representative/Vice-President Mogherini
Question reference: E-004540/2018

1. The EU is extremely concerned about the situation in Xinjiang, especially the expansion of political re-education camps and the associated mass detentions without legal justifications, the respect of freedom of religion or belief, and the rights of persons belonging to minorities especially Uighurs.

2. The EU notes the findings and shares the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva concerning this issue.

3. The EU has raised its concerns regarding Xinjiang on several occasions at the bilateral and multilateral levels. During the 36th round of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue held in Beijing on 9-10 July 2018, the situation in Xinjiang, and more broadly the promotion of freedom of religion and belief and the rights of persons belonging to minorities was addressed. I also mentioned this issue in a speech delivered at the European Parliament on 11 September 2018. On 18 September, the EU delivered a statement at the UN Human Rights Council under the Item 4, raising EU's concerns regarding the expansion of political re-education camps in Xinjiang.

4. The EU expects that the situation in Xinjiang will be raised by many EU Member States during the upcoming Universal Periodic Review of China.

5. More generally, the EU attaches great importance to the respect of freedom of religion or belief, opinion and expression, as well as the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities, and will continue to raise this issue as appropriate.

Last updated: 14 December 2018Legal notice