China’s Prime Minister meets Federal Chancellor in Berlin (May 31): Berlin – Brussels – Peking: a future axis?

Society for Threatened Peoples, 31 May 2017

[Press Release] The Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) warns against a closer cooperation between Europe and China in shaping a new world order. “A close alliance with China would not be based on common values, but a sellout of Europe’s fundamental values – such as the rule of law and human rights. An alliance like this would be fatal, because – under the leadership of China’s governor Xi Jinping –arbitrariness, lawlessness, excessive surveillance, and even disrespect for the country’s very own laws have become a state principle,” criticized Ulrich Delius, the STP’s Asia expert in Göttingen on Tuesday.

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Demonstration Announcement: June 2 (Brussels, Belgium)

World Uyghur Congress, 31 May 2017

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) will participate in a rally in cooperation with the International Campaign for Tibet and a number of other NGOs taking place on June 2, 10:30 –12:00 at Schuman Circle, Brussels. The demonstration will bring together members of the Uyghur and Tibetan communities along with representatives from European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Federation for Human Rights.

The WUC as well as a number of other NGOs and activists have already raised strong concerns about the talks and urged leaders including European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to substantively raise the worsening human rights situation in China with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his delegation.

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The EU urgently needs to review its Human Rights Dialogue with China

EURACTIV, 31 May 2017

By Various members of European Parliament — The EU’s well-meaning declarations on human rights in China must be followed up by a regular, high-level dialogue with Beijing. The degradation of human rights in Tibet must be systematically raised at each EU-China Summit, including the one planned in Brussels for 2 June, write a group of MEPs.

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19th EU-China Summit: European Parliamentarians and NGOs call on President Tusk to raise the issue of Tibet

International Campaign for Tibet, 31 May 2017

A rally by a coalition of NGOs urging the EU to raise the bleak human right situation in China will take place on June 2, 10.30 am – 12 pm at Schuman circle. The rally will include representatives from the Tibetan and Uyghur communities, the European Parliament, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights and International Campaign for Tibet.

On the eve of an important Summit in Brussels on June 2, the European Union is being urged by European Parliamentarians and a coalition of NGOs, including the International Campaign for Tibet, to raise urgent concerns on human rights with China.

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China looks to resurrect road of past — minus the freedom

The Blade, 31 May 2017

By S. Amjad Hussain — My recent participation in the Silk Road Expedition 2017 was fascinating in many ways. In my four dispatches from the Silk Road for The Blade, I had reported on our travel on the Silk Road from Shanghai in the east to Kashgar in the southwest where ancient trade routes from Europe, Central Asia, and Pakistan converged.

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Five Names to Listen for at the EU-China Summit

Human Rights Watch, 30 May 2017

Torture, wrongful imprisonment, restrictions on everything from peaceful expression, to religious practice, to the number of children you can have: these are some of the most persistent human rights abuses in China today. Under President Xi Jinping, whose senior officials arrive in Brussels this week for the European Union-China Summit, courageous human rights defenders, lawyers and academics in China have sustained an extraordinary body blow.

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[Press Release] Human Rights Must Factor into Dialogue During Li Keqiang Visit to Berlin & Brussels

Press Release – For immediate release
29 May 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker must substantively raise serious human rights concerns during the upcoming visit of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium from May 31 to June 2.

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China: EU Summit Should Make Rights A Priority

Human Rights Watch, 29 May 2017

European Union leaders should publicly and privately press China’s government to end its crackdown on human rights and immediately release all detained activists, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with a dozen other nongovernmental organizations. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini will attend the EU-China Summit in Brussels with senior Chinese officials on June 1-2, 2017.

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