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European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Human Rights in China

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on the respect for human rights in China on December 15, 2022. Members of European Parliament (MEPs) expressed their support for protesters fighting for fundamental rights who are being persecuted by the Chinese government, notably in the context of the zero COVID-19 policy. They expressed concern about violations of freedoms of expression, association, assembly, press and media in China – intensified by the use of mass surveillance – and demanded that human rights be guaranteed.

The resolution called for sanctions against those responsible for crimes against humanity to be intensified, for better coordination regarding Chinese overseas police service stations and for addressing freedom of expression during official talks with China.

The resolution called on western governments “to put forward legislation that would encourage western companies to double down on their efforts to reshore production from China.”

It reiterated “its concerns about the fact that the Chinese authorities did not allow UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, during her visit to China, to have full access to independent civil society organisations and human rights defenders; reiterates its call on the Chinese authorities to allow the same free, meaningful and unhindered access for independent journalists, international observers and investigative bodies, including, in particular, the mandate holders of the UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures and the EU Special Representative for Human Rights; supports the call issued by 50 United Nations human rights experts for the establishment of a special mandate at the UN Human Rights Council to monitor and report on human rights conditions across China; calls for the EU and its Member States to continue to work with like-minded partners towards the establishment of an investigative mechanism at the UN Human Rights Council to monitor, assess and publicly report on serious human rights violations across China.”

It urged “the Member States to end all their extradition agreements with China and Hong Kong.”

The resolution was adopted by show of hands.

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