French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes to the members of the press corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on January 3, 2018.
(Paris) – French President Emmanuel Macron should honor his pledge and call publicly for human rights improvements in meetings with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Macron. He is visiting China for the first time as president from January 8-10, 2018.
“President Macron himself said that France’s diplomatic and economic imperatives with China ‘cannot justify cover-up of the question of human rights,’” said Bénédicte Jeannerod, France director. “Macron needs to meaningfully follow through on that commitment with China’s leaders in Beijing.”
Human Rights Watch urged President Macron to, among other steps:
“The French foreign minister’s November visit to China seemed to ignore human rights, giving an impression of insincerity and inconsistency on rights issues,” Jeannerod said. “If Macron is serious about promoting liberty and democracy worldwide, he should arrive with a long list for President Xi and other Chinese leaders.”