The delegation of the European Union in China published this Saturday a statement on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day in which he stresses that “civil and political rights are not guaranteed” in the Asian giant.
In the letter they highlight that, although China “has made notable efforts” in different aspects, such as the poverty alleviation or access to health and educationin regards to the civil and Political Rights in some cases they are even “deliberately and systematically violated”.
He also mentions the report published last September by the United Nations High Commissioner about the human rights violations against Muslim minority Uyghur in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
In the statement, the EU reaffirms its concern about the existence of a “wide network of political re-education camps“In addition to denouncing”arbitrary mass arrests” involving restrictions on the exercise of fundamental freedomss.
In addition, he expressed his concern about the use of forced labor, torture, abortion and forced sterilization within birth control policies confirmed by the report of the UN.
The EU urged China in the statement to “fulfil its obligations under the national and international law” and that allows a “unrestricted and unsupervised accessn” to experts, journalists and diplomats to Xinjiang,Tibet and other regions of the country.
He also highlighted that the figures for death sentences and executions in China “they far exceed those of all other countries combined” and are applied to non-violent crimes, so it calls for it to “further reduce the number of crimes punishable by death” considering it an ineffective punishment.
“The freedom of expression and access to information have been increasingly suppressed in China through censorship, intimidation and surveillance of journalists and media workers”, denounced the statement on press freedom.
Media workers in China are heavily barred for not “telling China’s story well” but for telling the truth.
Regarding the rights of women and the LGTBI community, affirm that, although “progress has been made towards equality”, the gender violence is still present.
Finally, the EU remains concerned about the repressive use of the National Security Law in Hong Kong, in addition to the renewed use of the sedition law and the radical changes in the electoral system of the former British colony.
(With information from EFE)
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