European Union urges China to address the Concerns of Tibetans
Friday, 28 March 2008, 12:55 p.m.
Geneva: The European Union has
urged the Chinese authorities to refrain from using force against
Tibetan demonstrators and address the concerns of Tibetans in
accordance with internationally recognised human rights, stressing
importance to the right of freedom of expression and peaceful protest.
“We reiterate that the EU is deeply concerned about the ongoing
reports of unrest in Tibet, which spread across some other regions of
China,” said Ambassador Andrej Logar, EU’s permanent representative of
Slovenia, during the 7th session of United Nations Human Rights Council
held in Geneva from 3- 28 March.
The EU urged the Chinese government to lift restrictions on
movement and information in Tibet and called on demonstrators to desist
Expressing its firm support for peaceful reconciliation, the EU
encouraged both sides to enter into a substantive and constructive
dialogue with view to reach a sustainable solution acceptable to all
that would freely respect the human right and fundamental freedoms of
Tibetans, including freedom of religion and belief.
The Vienna Declaration and Programme of action reaffirmed the
solemn commitment of all states to fulfil their obligations to promote
universal respect for, and observance and protection of, all human
rights and fundamental freedoms for all.
It further underlined that the promotion and protection of
human rights is legitimate concern of the International community. The
EU consistently supported the strengthening of international mechanisms
for monitoring of human rights developments all over the world very
closely and raises its concerns whenever necessary.