China: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart on the (a) detention, (b) harassment and (c) torture of human rights lawyers in that country.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We remain concerned by restrictions on freedom of expression in China, and urge the authorities to immediately release human rights lawyers detained for the peaceful and constitutionally protected expression of their views.

We have raised Gao Zhisheng's case directly with the Chinese Government. We called for his release, and urged the Chinese authorities to ensure he is not subjected to harassment, mistreatment or discrimination.

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