Mar 24, 2004

Help Europe Keep the Embargo on Arms Sales to China

Beijing regime continues to threaten Taiwanese security and violate human rights in mainland China, Tibet and East Turkestan. Please act now to help Europe keep its embargo on arms exports

The European Union is considering lifting its embargo on arms exports to the People's Republic of China that it imposed in response to the Tiananmen massacre of 1989. The lifting of the ban is supported by Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, while the Governments of the United Kingdom and Netherlands want to keep the embargo.

Despite the promises during its 2008 Olympics candidacy, the Beijing regime continues to grossly violate the human rights of the people of mainland China, Tibet and East Turkestan. It also threatens international security with ongoing threats against Taiwan. It refuses to finalize the ratification process of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Lifting of the arms embargo would be particularly cynical act this year, as we commemorate this year the 45th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests, both brutally crushed by the same army that the EU might soon be equipping with weapons.

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