Head of the European Parliament David Sassoli commented on China’s imposition of sanctions against members of the European Parliament (EP). He stated this on Twitter.
Sassoli wrote that the PRC sanctions are unacceptable and will have consequences. He added that the EP deputies were included in the sanctions list “for expressing their opinion in the performance of a democratic duty.”
“Human rights are inalienable rights,” added the head of the European Parliament.
On March 22, the European Union imposed sanctions on the PRC, in connection with an alleged human rights problem in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.
After that, the PRC authorities imposed retaliatory sanctions against 10 parliamentarians, scientists, politicians, and four EU legal entities for interfering in the internal affairs of Xinjiang. In addition, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused the European Union of pursuing a policy of double standards in the field of human rights and demanded that the EU stop interfering in the internal affairs of the autonomous region. Otherwise, the ministry promised to take additional measures.