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Parliamentary questions
13 June 2018
E-000199/18E-000051/18
Joint answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
Written questions: E-000199/18 , E-000051/18

The European Union (EU) is well aware of the cases of Uyghur asylum-seekers in Bulgaria.

As this issue has already arisen elsewhere in the world, notably in Thailand and in Malaysia, the EU made clear its concerns about breaching the principle of non-refoulement in the European External Action Service (EEAS) Spokesperson's statement of 10 July 2015 on Thailand's deportation to China of over 100 persons of Turkic origin(1).

Moreover, China still applies the death penalty, and its Counter-Terrorism Law defines the notion of a ‘terrorist’ or ‘terrorist act’ very vaguely, allowing for arbitrary application of the law.

The aim of EU rules on asylum is to set out high common standards and strong cooperation between the authorities of Member States to ensure that asylum-seekers are treated in accordance with the Geneva Convention and Articles 18 and 19 of the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights.

EU Member States are required to apply the relevant legal rules, and the EU also urges third countries (cf. EEAS Spokesperson's statement of 10 July 2015) to consider carefully requests for international protection from Uyghur persons and people belonging to other minorities, and, where applicable, to ensure the respect of the non-refoulement principle.

The EU also raises awareness of the risk of Uyghur persons being subject to mistreatment or to disappear if returned to China.

(1)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-Homepage/3249/node/3249_en

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