Target: Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Goal: Condemn EU parliamentary President for not speaking out on China’s human rights violations
President of the European Union Parliament Martin Schulz has a good record overall of addressing human rights. His parliament has not shied away from issuing a great number of resolutions regarding China’s human rights violations, and awarding prestigious recognition to noted political dissidents. However, in his most recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Mr. Schulz dropped the ball. He did not bring up any of China’s troubled policies and actions regarding human rights. Call on Mr. Schulz today to renew his commitment to human rights on behalf of the European Union.
The Chinese government has made slow steps toward improving civil liberties and human rights for its citizens, however, there is much work to be done and too many abuses are still carried out. The government maintains their stranglehold on the domestic press, and frequently arrests protesters, activists and political dissidents. Many of these violations have been written about here on ForceChange.
The international community must hold China accountable for keeping its promises of improvement. While the European Union has called for greater reform in resolutions, Schulz’s recent meeting with the Chinese President was a missed opportunity for face-to-face diplomacy that could have resulted in quantifiable change. Many groups, such as Human Rights Watch, argue that Schulz should have at least insisted on the release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, who are under house arrest. By not publicly conveying his displeasure with China’s human rights track record, Mr. Schulz called into question the European Union’s devotion to human rights. After all, what good is a non-binding resolution if it does not lead to in-person discussions and diplomacy?
Call on President of the European Union’s Parliament Martin Schulz, to commit to protecting human rights worldwide, not only in resolutions but in public statements and diplomacy.
Dear Mr. Martin Schulz,
The Parliament of the European Union has a strong history of speaking out in regards to human rights violations. Several resolutions have been passed demanding greater accountability on the part of China with regard to human rights.
I am writing to you today to express my disappointment at your lack of discussion of human rights during your recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Please continue to work on behalf of all oppressed peoples throughout the world to end human rights abuses in our time.
[Your Name Here]
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