The Chinese government listed sanctions against Greens/EFA Member Reinhard Bütikofer and fellow MEPs for calling out human rights violations against the Uighur people in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region.
As Philippe Lamberts MEP, President of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament comments:
“Reinhard Bütikofer and the other Members have been singled out by the Chinese government simply for doing their jobs. Our colleagues and all those listed have our full and unwavering support. This inordinate reaction by the Chinese government shows very clearly that the Commission and Member States were wrong to push ahead with negotiations on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. A partner like the Chinese government cannot be trusted if it singles out Members of the European Parliament for attack. As long as these sanctions are in place, we cannot even consider putting the investment agreement on the Parliament’s agenda. The Commission must come out with a credible long term strategy on how best to work with China in a way in which human rights and democratic values are not compromised.”Press Release GREENS/EFA – 23.03.2021
Read more in the Press Release from the Greens/EFA here