Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from groups in the People's Republic of China about human rights in that country; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

We monitor the human rights situation in China closely and engage with a wide range of stakeholders. We have ongoing concerns about restrictions to civil and political rights in China which we raise regularly with Chinese counterparts. We last held the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on 19-20 May 2014, allowing us to raise concerns directly with Chinese authorities. We also raise our concerns publicly through the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy and updates to it. Our Embassy in Beijing has contact with a range of civil society groups in China.

Ministers regularly raise our concerns with counterparts, including during high-level bilateral exchanges.

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