UDC 341.231.14(4-672EU:510)
Biblid: 0025-8555, 73(2021)
Vol. 73, No 1, pp. 58-86
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2298/MEDJP2101058T

Оriginal article
Received: 16 Feb 2021
Accepted: 08 Mar 2021


TRAILOVIĆ Dragan (Naučni saradnik u Institutu za političke studije, Beograd), dragan.trailovic@ips.ac.rs

The article explores the European Union\\\\\\\'s approach to human rights issues in China through the processes of bilateral and multilateral dialogue on human rights between the EU and the People\\\\\\\'s Republic of China, on the one hand. On the other hand, the paper deals with the analysis of the EU\\\\\\\'s human rights policy in the specific case of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is examined through normative and political activities of the EU, its institutions and individual member states. Besides, the paper examines China\\\\\\\'s response to the European Union\\\\\\\'s human rights approaches, in general, but also when it comes to the specific case of UAR Xinjiang. Тhis is done through a review of China\\\\\\\'s discourse and behaviour within the EU–China Human Rights Dialogue framework, but also at the UN level and within the framework of bilateral relations with individual member states. The paper aims to show whether and how the characteristics of the EU\\\\\\\'s general approach to human rights in China are reflected in the individual case of Xinjiang. Particular attention shall be given to the differentiation of member states in terms of their approach to human rights issues in China, which is conditioned by the discrepancy between their political values, normative interests and ideational factors, on the one hand, and material factors and economic interests, on the other. Also, the paper aims to show the important features of the different views of the European Union and the Chinese state on the very role of Human Rights Dialogue, as well as their different understandings of the concept of human rights itself. The study concluded that the characteristics of the Union\\\\\\\'s general approach to human rights in China, as well as the different perceptions of human rights issues between China and the EU, were manifested in the same way in the case of UAR Xinjiang.

Keywords: human rights, ethnic minority rights, European Union, China, Xinjiang, Uyghurs