China: Christianity

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 10th February 2010.

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Photo of Sammy Wilson Sammy Wilson Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on the case of the Alimjan Himit.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The case of Alimjan Himit (who is also known as Alimujiang Yimiti) was last raised at the UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in January 2009 as part of an individual case list. At that time we urged the Chinese to consider freeing Alimjan, and to ensure he had access to a defence lawyer. The Chinese replied then that Alimjan was being detained in Kashgar Detention Centre, that his physical conditions were normal and that he enjoyed the rights to family visits and to hire a defence lawyer. We will continue to monitor his case and raise it wherever appropriate.

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