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Estonia joined 27 countries at the UN to express concern over human rights in China

3. July 2020 - 12:28

At the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Estonia along with 27 other countries made a joint statement to express concern over China’s recent actions on Hong Kong.

The statement says that the national security legislation undermines the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ principle and has clear implications for the human rights of people in Hong Kong.

Estonia and the signatories also expressed concern over the human rights of Uyghurs and urged China to allow the High Commissioner meaningful access to Xinjiang. The statement also encouraged the High Commissioner to provide regular information on the human rights situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms, which are guaranteed under international law.

The statement is signed by 28 countries, including 15 European Union member states (in addition to Estonia, they include France, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia, Lithuania, Belgium, Sweden, Luxembourg, Finland, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Slovakia and Slovenia).

The joint statement was read on Tuesday 30 June on behalf of the 28 countries by a representative of the United Kingdom.

Read the full statement:

Additional information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department

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