April 3, 2019
The European Union has criticised Beijing over its human rights record, ahead of a summit of top Chinese and EU officials in Brussels on April 9.
The criticism, contained in a statement by the EU on Wednesday, followed two days of human rights talks between Chinese and EU diplomats.
EU equally criticised China on flagging high-profile detentions and “political re-education camps’’ in China’s Xinjiang province.
Among other things, the EU highlighted “the deteriorating situation of civil and political rights in China’’ pointing to the arrest and detention of a “significant number’’ of human rights defenders and lawyers.
The statement lists Gui Minhai, a Swedish bookseller detained in Hong Kong, renowned Uighur economist Ilham Tohti and female scholar Rahile Dawut, as well as several persecuted for their religious beliefs and Tibetans facing criminal charges for “exercising their right to freedom of expression.’’