The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly condemns China’s decision to impose sanctions on a number of European entities and individuals, including the EP sub-committee on Human Rights and our MEP Ilhan Kyuchyuk. China falsely accuses them of severely harming China's sovereignty and interests and maliciously spreading lies and disinformation.
China’s move comes after today’s EU Foreign Affairs Council’s decision to implement the EU Human rights sanctions regime/EU Magnitsky act and impose restrictive measures on eleven individuals and four entities responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses in various countries around the world, including the large-scale arbitrary detentions of, in particular, Uyghurs in Xinjiang in China.
MEP Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), President of Renew Europe Group, said:
“China's sanctions against MEPs and the European Parliament are unacceptable. The EU must respond firmly to these attempts at intimidation. This shows once again that China is not willing to consider a real dialogue with Europeans on the fundamental issue of respect for human rights.”