Germany called on China to lift sanctions against European parliamentarians.

source: dw

The German Foreign Ministry said China should "immediately" withdraw sanctions against European parliamentarians and scientists from Germany.

 The German Foreign Ministry called on China to withdraw sanctions against European parliamentarians and scientists from Germany. "The Chinese leadership should immediately reverse its decision to impose sanctions on MPs, including Reinhard Bütikofer, as well as academics," German Foreign Ministry spokesman Niels Annen said in an interview with the RND newspaper published on Tuesday, March 23 ...

For the first time in more than 30 years, on the eve of the European Union agreed to introduce penalties against China for systematic violations of human rights. In response, China immediately imposed sanctions on ten European parliamentarians and academics, and four organizations. The list includes German Reinhard Butikofer of the Greens - European Free Alliance faction in the European Parliament, a German MEP from the European People's Party Michael Gahler, and sinologist Adrian Zenz Mercator Institute for Chinese Studies in Berlin. The Chinese Foreign Ministry accused these individuals and legal entities of causing serious damage to the PRC's sovereignty and interests and maliciously disseminating misinformation.

The EU has included in the sanctions list people responsible for serious violations of human rights, - said Annen in an interview with RND. - The ban on entry for parliamentarians as a reaction is an arbitrary and incomprehensible decision."

EU links sanctions to Uyghur genocide.

The EU sanctions list includes four individuals and one legal entity from the PRC. Their EU assets will be frozen, and their entry into the EU will be closed for them. Brussels linked its move to the genocide of Uyghurs and representatives of other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas previously condemned China's retaliatory sanctions on these penalties. This move by the Chinese authorities is incomprehensible and unacceptable, he said. Beijing's position will not lead to greater restraint in Brussels imposing sanctions for violations of human rights, the minister stressed.

EU sanctions Myanmar junta members.

This decision began as EU foreign ministers agreed on various restrictions against different countries and institutions. 

The EU is also proposed to sanction several people and entities from South Sudan, Eritrea, Russia, North Korea, Libya.

The suppression of eleven persons and protesters involved in Myanmar's military revolt also faced restricted measures.