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EU-China-Dialogue-2014Dharamshala: - European Union raised with China the denial of human rights situation in Tibet during the 33rd round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights.

The one-day meeting held in Brussels, on 8 December discussed the rights of minorities especially in Tibet and Xinjiang.

In a statement issued on December 9, the EU said: "The Dialogue allowed the two sides to have a detailed exchange of views on a wide range of human rights issues, with a specific focus on recent developments in China."

According to the EU statement, 'Freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, freedom of peaceful assembly and association, the due process of law, arbitrary detention, and the death penalty were discussed between the EU and Chinese officials."

Also the imprisonment of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti, the Mongolian activist Hada, Nobel Laureate Liu Xiabo, Gao Yu, Pu Zhiqiang, Xu Zhiyong, and Gao Zhisheng were raised at the meeting by the EU officials.

The Chinese delegation also met EU Special Representative Stavros Lambrinidis on December 8. Lambrinidis expressed his concerns regarding the human rights situation in Tibet after visiting Tibet last year.

"I noted worrying trends in key areas of human rights concern, including the heightened monitoring and restrictions placed on freedom of expression," Lambrinidis said after returning from Tibet.

The EU High Representative Federica Mogherini re-emphasized that human rights is universal in her Human Rights Day, 10 December 2014 statement. She said that the theme for this year's International Human Rights Day – Human Rights 365 – "reflects the aspiration that each one of us, everywhere, at all times, is entitled to the full range of human rights."

The EU said that the two co-chairs answered European and Chinese correspondents' questions about the dialogue during a joint press conference. "Two further issues specific to this dialogue were discussed: women's rights and technical cooperation."

"The exchange about recent developments in the European Union focused on the implementation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, combating discrimination, racism, xenophobia and incitement to racial hatred, as well as the EU's Roma strategy," the statement reads.

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