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China: Oppression

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of human rights lawyer Ms Ni Yulan in China; and if he will make a statement. (200912)

We have not received any reports of the arrest of Ms Ni Yulan.

We have previously raised individual cases of human rights lawyers with the Chinese authorities and continue to urge them to protect the legitimate rights of lawyers in China. The role of defence lawyers was a key theme at both the 14th and 15th round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue. At the most recent round of the dialogue, we welcomed the new revisions to the Lawyers' Law, coming into force on 1 June, which give increased rights to defence lawyers.