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MEPs demand IOC assessment on China's human rights record on eve of Olympic year. Edward McMillan-Scott MEP


Press Conference on Human Rights in China<BR>
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP (EPP-ED, United Kingdom), Vice-President of the European Parliament (in the middle), Robert Evans MEP (United Kingdom, PSE) (on the right) and Willy Fautré, Director of Brussels-based NGO Human Rights Without Frontiers
The European Parliament today, December 13, unanimously passed a Resolution expressing 'serious concern' about China's human rights record as the country prepares to host next year's Beijing Olympic Games.

Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament, who opened the debate on the Resolution, initially tabled by the EPP-ED Group, said:

"I am delighted that MEPs of all parties have supported strong criticism of China for its continuing abuse of human rights and have now demanded an assessment from the International Olympic Committee on China's compliance with its promises of reform which it made in July 2001 when it was awarded the Olympic Games."

The Resolution followed a statement to MEPs by the European Commissioner for External Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the tenth EU-China Summit (November 28) and the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue (October 14), which she described as a "sincere and in-depth exchange of views" to much criticism from MEPs, all of whom referred to China's human rights record.

McMillan-Scott, who prepared the European Parliament's response to the opening of the EU's China Strategy in 1997, said he deplored China's continued use of brutal repression of all dissidence.

For further information:
Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Tel: +33-388-177959

Subcommittee on Human Rights