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Texts adopted
Thursday, 5 April 2001 - Strasbourg Final edition
United Nations Human Rights Commission and the People's Republic of China
B5-0269, 0285 and 0294/2001

European Parliament resolution on the submission or co-sponsorship with the United States of a resolution, at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, deploring the human rights situation in the People's Republic of China (PRC)

The European Parliament,

-  having regard to the conclusions of the General Affairs Council of 19 March 2001 which expressed concern at the serious violations of human rights in the People's Republic of China, especially in relation to the non-action motion on behalf of the PRC,

-  having regard to its previous resolutions on the human rights situation in the People's Republic of China, on Tibet and on the Union's existing priorities and recommendations for the March 2001 session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva,

-  having regard to the conclusions of the EU-PRC summit meeting of 21 December 1999 and the Council conclusions of 22 January 2001 on the EU-PRC dialogue on human rights,

-  having regard to Article 18 on freedom of religion of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights,

A.  concerned that, having signed the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the People's Republic of China has still not finalised the ratification and implementation processes,

B.  concerned at the lack of respect for fundamental freedoms in China, including freedom of expression, religion and association, at the ongoing violations of the human rights of pro-democracy activists and proponents of free trade unions, and at the system of administrative detention, the situation with regard to the human rights of prisoners, the cases of torture and the frequent use of the death penalty,

C.  concerned at the violation of religious and cultural rights in Tibet and Xinnjiang and Inner Mongolia,

D.  deploring the fact that the decisions taken at the General Affairs Council of 19 March 2001 did not fully take account of the requests of the European Parliament,

E.  stressing that the US has decided to table a draft resolution on Human Rights in China at the 57th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights,

F.  whereas the EU has a duty to promote, within the appropriate international bodies, any initiative whose purpose is to denounce any violation of human rights in general and recourse to the death penalty in particular,

1.  Urges the Member States to submit or co-sponsor with the United States a resolution, at the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, deploring the state of human rights in the People's Republic of China;

2.  Asks the Presidency-in-Office to do its utmost to coordinate the Member States" positions in line with this resolution;

3.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the governments of the Member States and the UN Commission on Human Rights.

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