China: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 12th January 2016.

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Photo of Helen Goodman Helen Goodman Labour, Bishop Auckland

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the recent arrests of lawyers and opposition activists in China.

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

We remain concerned that a number of Chinese lawyers and activists detained since July have not been released.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Runnymeade and Weybridge, (Mr Hammond), raised this issue with the Chinese Foreign Minister last week, requesting clarification about the situation of those detained.

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