EU Statement at the 38th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Item 4 – Human Rights situation that require the Council’s attention
27 June 2018
While acknowledging the progress made on a number of areas of social and economic rights, the EU reiterates its call for China to abide by its international obligations and respect freedom of religion or belief and expression and the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities. The EU is concerned about detentions and trials of human rights defenders and lawyers Wang Quanzhang, Tashi Wangchuk, Wu Gan, Huang Qi, Yu Wensheng, Gao Zhisheng and Li Yuhan and EU national Gui Minhai. The EU urges China to release Gui Minhai and all detained human rights defenders and to thoroughly investigate reported cases of mistreatment and torture while in detention. The EU is concerned about the expansion of political re-education camps in Xinjiang.