The EU condemn China on International Human Rights Day

18th December 2019

The European Union (EU) condemned China on 10 December 2019, the 71st anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The Universal Declaration was adopted by the United Nations in 1948, and states that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights".

The statement by the EU remarked that whilst China has made “remarkable progress” in many areas, basic human rights are “not being guaranteed” by the Chinese state. 

The statement particularly highlighted the “continuously worsening human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and in Tibet.”

The arrests, detention and imprisonment of a number of human rights activists were outlined in the statement, including that of Tashi Wangchuk.

The EU called China to “uphold international human rights laws and to defend universal values” as part of their public commitment to the declaration.