Geneva — The United States and EU members states, including Germany, Switzerland and Czech Republic expressed concern over the human rights situation in China during the 29th session of UN Human Rights Council's on the 24th of June in Geneva under General Debate, Agenda Item 4 – Human rights situations that require the Council's attention.
The US Ambassador Mr Keith M. Harper said, "In China, we remain concerned about increased arrests, detentions and forced disappearances including in Tibetan and Uyghur areas. Draft law could have chilling effect on the civil society. We call for the release of Ilham Tohti, Pu Xhiqiang, Yang maodong, Gao Yu and Liu Xiaobo and urge the government to drop charges against five women's rights activist."
In a statement H.E Mr Raimonds Jansons Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Latvia on behalf of the European Union, said, "The EU remains deeply concerned by the arrest, detention and harassment of peaceful human rights defenders in China."
Urging the Chinese authorities to release the detained political prisoners and provide legal protection for all defenders of women's human rights he added, "China should promote an enabling environment for civil society activity and take into account concerns voiced by the international community about the draft law on foreign NGOs management. Lastly, the EU urges China to address the root causes of unrest and foster dialogue with and between different ethnic groups, especially in Tibet and Xinjiang."
Mr. Frank Jarasch, Counsellor and Head of Political Affairs of Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN expressed Germany's concern over the worsening human rights situation in China. "We urge the government to immediately release all detained human rights defenders and stop curbing the involvement of international and domestic NGOs. We remain particularly concern about the situation of Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti, journalist Gao Yu and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Germany urges the government to respect liberation around the birthday of Dalai Lama in July in order to avoid escalation of protest in Tibet."
The Chinese delegation under Right to reply option said, "China resolutely refused unwarranted charges by Switzerland and Czech Republic. These two countries in disregard of their own problems made lots of charges against other countries."