EU calls out Beijing on human rights but activists want harder line against China’s Xinjiang and Tibet policy

supporters of Uyghurs and Tibet protest outside the EU-China summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: RFA

Keegan Elmer   
Published: 2:30pm, 10 Apr, 2019

The European Union called out China on human rights abuses at their annual joint summit, while human rights campaigners in Brussels streets pressed the bloc to be more vocal on Xinjiang and Tibet.

Several hundred people held a demonstration a few hundred metres from the site of the EU-China summit as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Brussels.

European Council President Donald Tusk said the union raised human rights with China, but he did not say which issues were brought up.

“As I have stressed many times before, human rights are, from our European point of view, as important as economic interests,” Tusk said.

A joint statement said that human rights were discussed and a commitment was made to continue their annual human rights dialogue. This year’s took place last week, where the EU raised concerns about the freedom of religion, and minority rights in Xinjiang and Tibet.

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