EU Statement at the 28th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Item 4 – Human Rights situation that require the Council’s attention
17 March 2015
The EU remains deeply concerned by the arrest, detention and harassment of peaceful human rights defenders, including lawyers and intellectuals in China. We urge the Chinese authorities to release those detained for the peaceful exercise of their freedom of conscience, expression and association, which is recognised under China’s international human rights obligations and by its Constitution, including Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti. The EU also remains concerned with the human rights situation in Tibet and Xinjiang and encourages China to address the root causes of unrest, cease the persecution of persons belonging to ethnic or religious minorities for the legitimate exercise of their rights and foster dialogue with and between different ethnic groups.