EU urged to confront China at summit

OPEN LETTER: ‘The EU’s broad and principled commitment to promoting human rights has not been matched in China with a willingness to act,’ the letter said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 17, 2018
By: Peng Wan-hsin  /  Staff reporter

Ahead of next month’s EU-China summit, the Taiwan Association for Human Rights

Lee Ching-yu speaks at a news conference in Taipei on March 28 after receiving permission to visit her husband, Lee Ming-che, for the first time since his detention in China.  Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times

on Wednesday joined US government-funded non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch and several other international advocacy groups in issuing an open letter to EU officials to raise public awareness about the “growing human rights crisis” in China.

The coalition of groups urged the EU to fulfill its pledge to promote human rights globally by repeatedly calling for the release of political prisoners detained by the Chinese government, including poet Liu Xia (劉霞), the widow of journalist Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波), and Taiwanese human rights advocate Lee Ming-che (李明哲).

The letter is addressed to European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of the July 12 to 13 summit, Taiwan Association for Human Rights secretary-general Chiu E-ling (邱伊翎) said yesterday.    [FULL  STORY]

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