Macao: Statement by the EU Spokesperson on the disqualification of candidates for the Legislative Assembly elections

The Macao authorities have disqualified 21 candidates from running for the Legislative Assembly elections in September. This is a detrimental step that runs counter to the rights guaranteed in Macau’s Basic Law. It undermines political pluralism and curtails democratic debate.

The European Union calls for protected rights and freedoms to be upheld in Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and for the September Legislative Assembly elections to be open to candidates from across the political spectrum.

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