In response to constituents raising concerns about the Uyghur people

30 September 2019

Last October, MEPs adopted a resolution calling for an immediate end to mass arbitrary detentions of minorities in the Xinjiang region of China.

Following recent systematic and arbitrary mass detentions of members of the Uyghur, Kazakh and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region by Chinese authorities, MEPs demanded the immediate end to such practices and that those detained under such circumstances must be released unconditionally.

They also urge the Chinese government to close all camps and detention centres in the area and express their deep concern at reports of state harassment and intimidation of Uyghurs abroad. Parliament calls on all EU countries to suspend the return of ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Turkic Muslim minorities to China, considering the risk of arbitrary detention, torture or other ill-treatment they would face.

MEPs finally demanded that journalists and international observers should have free, unhindered access to the Xinjiang province, located in the north-west of China. This resolution is available here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2018-0377_EN.pdf

This was followed up in April 2019, as MEPs we’re deeply frustrated that the situation had deteriorated further. MEPs notably called for the EU, its Member States and the international community to halt all exports and technology transfers of goods and services that are being used by China to extend and improve its cyber surveillance and predictive profiling apparatus. Within the trade committee we have been working for a number of years on revision of the Dual Use legislation to ensure that such goods and services are not exported to authoritarian regimes, particularly where we know that these technologies are being used to abuse human rights as is happening in North West China. This resolution is available here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/TA-8-2019-0422_EN.html

We will continue to raise concerns to EU, national and Chinese authorities to defend the human rights of the Uyghur people and other minorities.

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