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Human rights breaches in Hong Kong, Brazil and Tajikistan | News | European Parliament


The arrest of Cardinal Zen and the trustees of the 612 aid fund in Hong Kong

Parliament condemns the arrests of Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of many strongest advocates of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy motion, and of the opposite 4 trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund (which offers humanitarian and monetary assist to individuals injured, arrested or threatened in the course of the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill protests). MEPs level out that these and related repressive actions, such because the closure of over 60 civil society teams, represent an assault on the freedoms assured within the Hong Kong Basic Law, together with the liberty of faith or perception. They are additionally symptomatic of China’s continued efforts to systematically destroy the final remnants of Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms and to suppress the pro-democracy motion.

The decision urges the Hong Kong authorities to drop all prices in opposition to Cardinal Zen and the opposite 4 trustees – Cyd Ho, Denise Ho, Hui Po-Keung and Margaret Ng – and to launch Cyd Ho. In addition, MEPs reiterate their name on the EU to introduce focused sanctions beneath the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime in opposition to the newly appointed pro-Beijing Hong Kong Chief Executive, John Lee Ka-chiu, and all different officers accountable for the continued human rights crackdown within the metropolis.

The textual content was adopted by present of arms. For additional particulars, the total model will likely be obtainable here. (07.07.2022)

The scenario of indigenous and environmental defenders in Brazil, together with the killing of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

MEPs strongly condemn the brutal homicide of environmental and human rights defenders in addition to indigenous folks in Brazil, most just lately the killing of British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian activist Bruno Pereira. They name on the Brazilian authorities to conduct an exhaustive, neutral and impartial investigation into these murders and to make sure that they absolutely adjust to due course of always.

The decision additionally denounces the rising violence, assaults and harassment in opposition to human rights and environmental defenders, indigenous peoples, minorities and journalists within the nation. It pushes again in opposition to the continual aggressive rhetoric, verbal assaults and intimidating statements by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whereas deploring the sexual and gender-based violence perpetrated in opposition to ladies, women and environmental and indigenous defenders. MEPs recall that these represent a severe violation of their human rights and dignity.

The decision was adopted by 362 votes in favour, 16 in opposition to with 200 abstentions. For extra particulars, will probably be obtainable in full here. (07.07.2022)

The scenario in Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province

Parliament strongly condemns the Tajik authorities’ violent crackdown in opposition to protesters, journalists, bloggers, attorneys and activists following demonstrations within the nation’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous area in November 2021 and May 2022. It additionally expresses its grave issues on the deteriorating human rights scenario within the space, whereas calling for an finish to the repression of the native Pamiri minority and for his or her safety.

MEPs remind the Tajik authorities that the authentic battle in opposition to terrorism and violent extremism shouldn’t be used as a pretext to suppress opposition exercise, and recollects that the basic freedoms of all Tajik residents and the rule of legislation have to be assured. They additionally urge Tajikistan to permit worldwide humanitarian and human rights organisations speedy and unconditional entry to the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province to watch the scenario, and to completely restore communications and full web entry within the area. MEPs lastly demand that individuals arbitrarily detained are instantly launched and all prices in opposition to them dropped and urge for impartial investigations into the violent clashes and the proper to honest trials.

The decision was adopted by 520 votes in favour, 24 in opposition to with 31 abstentions. For additional particulars, the total model will likely be obtainable here. (07.07.2022)

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