Blind Chinese human rights activist Mr Chen Guangcheng made a forceful appeal on Capitol Hill, Washington [5 March 2013] for a transatlantic pact to highlight human rights abuses in China, as the 12th National People’s Congress in Beijing rubber-stamped new president Mr Xi Jinping.
The call was endorsed at a hearing in the US capital by UK Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott MEP, Vice-President of the European Parliament responsible for Human Rights & Democracy and transatlantic relations, and Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ), who chairs the House human rights committee:
“As President Obama completes his team for the second term, his understandable focus on the rise of China needs to be tougher on human rights and reform in the world’s biggest country, and its largest tyranny. The European Parliament welcomes a pact with Congress to take this forward” said McMillan-Scott, who also greeted Mrs Geng He, wife of imprisoned Christian human rights lawyer, Gao Zhisheng. The hearing was organised by China Aid and Freedom House.
McMillan-Scott also met EU and US officials, as well at speaking at meetings organised by the Carnegie Endowment, Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy, during his 3 – 5 March visit to Washington.