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Catholic Priests

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations his Department has made to the Chinese Government regarding the imprisonment of Catholic priests. [99990]

The cases of Catholic Bishops Su Zhimin, Jiang Shurang and Shi Enxiang were included on our list of individual cases of concern which was handed over to the Chinese authorities at the most recent UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in November 2002. We shall continue to press the Chinese for a full explanation of their arrest and their early release.We raise freedom of religion in general with the Chinese, both in the context of the biannual UK/China Human Rights Dialogue and at other appropriate official and ministerial meetings.