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European Parliament urges Vatican to provide ‘full help’ to Hong Kong cardinal


Former head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph ZenReuters

The European Parliament has handed a decision condemning the current arrest of 90-year-old Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen.

The decision urges the Vatican “to provide full help to Cardinal Zen” and “strengthen its diplomatic efforts and its leverage on the Chinese authorities”.

Reinhard Buetikofer, chief of the European Parliament’s China delegation, was quoted by the South China Morning Post as saying, “The European Parliament has stood and nonetheless stands and can proceed to face with Hong Kong.

“This parliament continues to actively present solidarity with Hong Kong democrats and towards Chinese communist oppression.”

Cardinal Zen, the previous Bishop of Hong Kong, was arrested in May together with different pro-democracy advocates for supposedly colluding with international powers.

The arrests have been tied to their involvement in a defunct aid fund that had supplied monetary help to protesters going through authorized challenges over their opposition to Beijing’s growing management of Hong Kong. 

The cardinal was detained for just a few hours earlier than being launched on bail. He is to face trial in September.

The non-binding decision, handed on 7 July, mentioned his arrest was “an assault on the freedoms assured within the Hong Kong Basic Law, together with the liberty of faith or perception”.

It requires all fees towards the cardinal to be dropped.



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