European Parliament may take China to court for adopting controversial security law

Source : 112 Ukraine

Issue of filing lawsuits against China will be considered by European parliamentarians on June 19
09:49, 14 June 2020

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Next week, the European Parliament will vote on bringing China to the International Court of Justice for deciding to pass a controversial national security law for Hong Kong, as Politico reports.

In the draft resolution, parliament strongly criticizes the adoption by the National People’s Congress of China of Hong Kong’s National Security Act and calls on the EU and its member states, if applicable, to consider filing a lawsuit with the International Court of Justice. MEPs are convinced that China’s decision to impose national security laws on Hong Kong violates the Joint Sino-British Declaration and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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The proposed text of the resolution also calls for the appointment of a special UN envoy to monitor the situation in Hong Kong.

European lawmakers should discuss the adoption of the document next Thursday with EU foreign minister Joseph Borrell and vote next Friday.

This measure of the European Parliament is mainly political in nature and does not have the same strength as, for example, in the issue of voting for trade agreements, which can be vetoed.

The resolution precedes the meeting between President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council Charles Michel and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, to be held via videoconference on June 22.

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