December the 10th saw the annual World Human Rights Day. Member of European Parliament Jill Evans sent the following statement to a press conference held by Falun Gong practitioners. The conference took place opposite the Chinese Embassy in London, site of UK Falun Gong practitioners' 24-hour peaceful appeal that has been ongoing for over two years.
"I share the concerns of many about the treatment of practioners of Falun Gong. Peaceful freedom of expression is a fundamental human right that no government should violate.
This week the Chinese Government asked the European Union to lift its embargo on arms exports to China. Both I and my parliamentary group strongly oppose this move - there can be no reasoning for doing so whilst the human rights situation in China remains as it is.
We must work together at the local and European level to bring pressure to bear on the Chinese regime so that it addresses our legitimate concerns on human rights."
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