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Brussels — 52 members of the European Parliament urged Mrs. Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, to raise the Tibet issue with Chinese leaders during her meetings in Beijing. Mrs. Mogherini is in Beijing for the 5th China-EU High-Level Strategic Dialogue from May 5th to May 6th. This is her first visit to China since becoming the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

International Campaign for Tibet's EU policy director explained the importance of addressing the Tibet issue during this visit, stating, "as this is Mrs. Mogherini's first official visit to China, it is very important that she sets the tone and framework for further future discussions with the Chinese leadership by showing a strong position on human rights issues from the very start.

"At the beginning of her mandate, the High Representative expressed her willingness to reassess the EU's approach towards key strategic partners, such as China. This visit is the perfect occasion to move from words to concrete action and implement a new approach. Her position during this dialogue should reflect the EU's commitments on human rights."

Parliamentarians from six political groups wrote to Mrs. Mogherini last week stating that the arbitrary detention, arrest and torture of peaceful Tibetan protesters in Tibet were of great concern. They quoted that 204 Tibetans had been arrested or sentenced to imprisonment since the new European Parliament was convened in July 2014. Further, six Tibetans died in prison or on release, and seven Tibetans self-immolated in Tibet.

The European Parliamentarians reminded the EU High Representative of the June 2012 resolution on the human rights situation in Tibet adopted by the European Parliament. The resolution mandated the EU High Representative to address the human rights situation in Tibet at every meeting with the representatives of the People's Republic of China.

The 52 Parliamentarians urged EU High Representative to call on Beijing for the continuation of dialogue between China and Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the Tibetan issue. There has been no official contact since January 2010.

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