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European Parliament: resolutions on Hong Kong and US-Mexican border. “Deep concern about the situation” of migrants

(Strasbourg) The European Parliament “calls on the Hong Kong government to withdraw the proposed and highly controversial amendments to its extradition law, which has caused people in Hong Kong to take to the streets in unprecedented numbers” out of fear that the “new bill could facilitate people being subjected to rendition to China for political reasons”. Today, on the last day of their plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs have adopted resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Hong Kong, Russia and at the US-Mexican border. The European Parliament calls on “the Hong Kong authorities to immediately release and drop all charges against the peaceful protesters and for an independent and impartial investigation into the use of force by the Hong Kong police against the crowds”. The EU – the document approved by show of hands reads – shares “many of the concerns raised by the citizens of Hong Kong”. The EP has also expressed “deep concern about the situation befalling migrants and asylum seekers at the USA-Mexico border, especially that of migrant children”. Attention is also drawn to “the appalling conditions in which migrants and asylum seekers are held in US immigration detention facilities, which lack adequate healthcare, decent food and proper sanitation”. The text was adopted with 330 votes in favour, 252 against and 55 abstentions.

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