The Czech branch of Amnesty International has announced it will be holding a “parallel summit” on human rights violations in China on Wednesday to coincide with an EU-China summit hosted by the Czech Republic. The new Czech government has come under pressure from human rights organizations to raise the issues of human rights and the environment in talks with Chinese leaders. On Monday the Green Party presented Prime Minister Jan Fischer with a petition to that end, and members of the Friends of Tibet parliamentary group were rebuffed in their attempt to give the petition to President Václav Klaus, who is chairing the summit. The summit agenda is to cover the global economic crisis, the environment and economic relations between the EU and China, which is the EU’s primary trade partner after the US.
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