Indebted Europe ‘must not ease pressure on China over human rights’

2011-11-10 08:05

Hong Kong – A human rights group says it’s worried that debt-ridden European countries pondering the idea of bailout money from China may be tempted to dial back the pressure on Beijing about human rights.

Human Rights Watch’s China director, Sophie Richardson, said the group is “concerned” that the unfolding euro zone debt crisis may make human rights less of a priority.

Richardson said it’s wrong for countries with growing economic ties with China to assume that “to press for better human rights protections would be somehow to compromise the economic ties”.

The chief of Europe’s bailout fund visited Beijing in October to discuss possible terms for cash-rich China and other global investors to help finance a multibillion-dollar plan to resolve the continent’s debt crisis.

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