EU Statement at the 29th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Item 4 – Human Rights situation that require the Council’s attention
24 June 2015
The EU remains deeply concerned by the arrest, detention and harassment of peaceful human rights defenders in China. We urge the Chinese authorities to release those detained for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression and association, as recognised by China’s Constitution and under its international human rights obligations, including Liu Xiaobo, Ilham Tohti, Gao Yu and Pu Zhiqiang. We also encourage China to provide legal protection for all defenders of women’s human rights, as we celebrate this year the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Overall, China should promote an enabling environment for civil society activity, and in this respect, we hope that China will take into account concerns voiced by the international community about the draft law on foreign NGOs management. Lastly, the EU urges China to address the root causes of unrest and foster dialogue with and between different ethnic groups, especially in Tibet and Xinjiang.