We are seriously concerned by Pu Zhiqiang
’s conviction despite the suspension of his sentence. This case has again raised issues about due process and transparency of justice in China. It has also highlighted the situation faced by human rights lawyers in the country. We urge China to make sure freedom of expression and other civil and political rights are protected, in line with their constitution and international human rights commitments. We have also raised specific concerns over the physical mistreatment of British and other journalists and diplomats attempting to attend Pu’s trial on 14 December. The Minister
of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
, my Right Hon
. Friend the Member for East Devon
(Mr Swire) did so in his meeting with Vice Minister Chen Fengxiang on 16 December.