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MEPs raise Tibet at “EU-China Tourism Year” debate in European Parliament

November 27, 2017

Office of Tibet Brussels, November 21, 2017 - Members of European Parliament (MEP) Molly Scott-Cato and Csaba Sogor made strong and pertinent interventions in the debate of EU-China Tourism Year at the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on Thursday, 16 November 2017.

MEPs availed the opportunity of speaking time on the subject raising serious and pertinent issue of observing EU-China Tourism Year along with the European Year of Cultural Heritage next year. While Ms Scott-Cato wondered why tourism should be prioritized over human rights with background of serious Chinese violation of human rights in Tibet, she instead called upon Beijing to start talks with the Representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Mr Sogor outlined detailed repressive and inhuman situation in Tibet. He questioned, therefore, the morality and ethicality of celebrating a tourism agreement with China without a single reference to human rights, which is not in line with EU’s Universal and Foreign Policy values.

Ms Scott-Cato is Vice-President of Tibet Interest Group (TIG) and Mr Sogor is an active member of TIG. Both of them have been at the forefront of every campaign or advocacy in the EP on the issue of Tibet for a number of years.

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