EP Subcommittee on Human Rights: extracts from the hearing on Human Rights in China
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 05/12/2011 First transmission: 05/12/2011
Parliament's subcommittee on Human Rights held a public hearing on Human Rights in China and the role of the European Union following the last meeting of the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue, enforced disappearances and persecution of human rights lawyers, together with the recent developments with regard to Uygurs and Tibetans. The Committee has been chaired by Barbara LOCHBIHLER.
The speakers have been the following:
- Dr Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China;
- Mr Brad Adams, Asia Director, Human Rights Watch;
- Mr Mehmet Tohti, Special Representative, World Uyghur Congress to the European Union;
- Dr Ray Murphy, Acting Director, the Irish Centre for Human Rights; representatives of the EEAS.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the EP building in Brussels
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Barbara LOCHBIHLER, (Greens/EFA, DE): Some of the Human Rights' situations in China have even deteriorated, in particular, with the regard with the persecution of human rights lawyers, ethnic and religious persecution as well as the growing Chinese pressure on Central Asian countries to return Chinese citizens.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sharon HOM, Executive Director, Human Rights in China: This presence in the prevalence of online blogs and debate forums reflects this expansion of the virtual civil society that will have an impact, as already has an impact in the real bricks in the modern wall. But despite this Chinese theory of the art scientific and surveillance technology, it's been clear that the Great Chinese firewall is no longer insurmountable.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sharon HOM, Executive Director, Human Rights in China (ON THE TIBET CONFLICT): I think it is important to ask what actions actions have member states taken to press on the very concrete recommendations that were later in the European Parliament resolution. What specific act have the External Action Service taken to ensure that these concerns have been acted upon in the dialogue with China? Have the restrictions and the heavy handed security measures imposed on the monastery been lifted? Has the information been released about the work Tibet studies of the 300 monks that were taken away forcibly?
||SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sharon HOM, Executive Director, Human Rights in China: The EU needs a Big Strategy, and I mean big B, and big S, that reflects a coherent and comprehensive framework that effectively moves Human Rights concerns and actions out of the narrow Human Rights / Political Desk sialogue; because the Chinese government has a Big Strategy though when they first released it they call Big Propaganda Strategy.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Brad ADAMS, Asia Director, Human Rights Watch: The Publci Security Bureau which was empowered in the run up to the Beijing Olympics to provide security, both phisical security to the games but political security to the party, has retained this influence and that influence has grown.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Brad ADAMS, Asia Director, Human Rights Watch: China is tending more towards a police state; it is not a police state but it is moving in that direction and it could move even further to become an authoritarian capitalist state backed by very strong security services.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Brad ADAMS, Asia Director, Human Rights Watch: The EU knows all the rules about joined up Diplomacy so let me just urge you, to urge the EU´s leaders including the President of the Council... when the President of the Council goes to an earthquake affected area, he shouldn't just come up on how nice the rebuilding is being but he should be talking about the repression of people who stood up for the fact that buildings collapsed because of corruption and young children were killed. So the EU can not keep missing these kinds of opportunities. Yet there was a very strong statement on Tibet in November which we welcome but it must consistent or the message is not going to get through to China. They are going to see a weak and divided Europe so long as these kinds of opportunities are in a very high level in mist.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Mehmet TOHTI, Special Representative, World Uyghur Congress to the European Union: Three key issues I should bring upon your attention here as a parts of governments Uyghurs security measures, now carried on in the Uyghurstan targeted and specifically (...). One is destroying Uyghur neighborhood as such as the residential areas in (named a city in Uyghurstan). The traditional Universities and the cultural heritage and the (...) of the population into the areas of the Chinese dominios. And next one is the speedy transfer of Chinese population into the region and acceleration of compulsory relocation programme of youth, in China. And finally a extraordinary number of secret cameras that have been installed in the traditional neighborhood streets intersections and even highways.
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