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2021.05.17 11:36

Activists to protest outside Chinese embassy in Vilnius over human rights violations

BNS2021.05.17 11:36

On Monday, activists will stage a picket outside the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius over political prisoners and violations of human rights in Tibet, Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

The organisers – the Tibet Support Group – have announced that the picket will begin at midday.

The aim of the picket is to draw the attention of Lithuania’s policymakers and the public to the situation of political prisoners jailed in China and systematic violations of human rights in the country’s regions.

Tibet lost its autonomy from China back in 1951 after Beijing deployed its army in the territory that had declared independence.

Lithuania considers Tibet to be part of China but, alongside other EU member states, it is in favour of peaceful regulation of relations with the Chinese government and Tibetans.

China is facing mounting criticism from around the world over its treatment of the Muslim Uighur population in the north-western region of Xinjiang. Some countries have accused China of committing genocide and crimes against humanity.

The Lithuanian parliament is considering recognising the repressions against Uighurs as genocide.

Read more: ‘We will not be intimidated.’ Despite China threats, Lithuania moves to recognise Uighur genocide

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