We regularly urge the Chinese Government to protect the right of all individuals to peaceful expression of their views on all issues. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has spoken to Chinese Foreign Minister Yang on several occasions, since the recent unrest in Tibet, urging respect for human rights in Tibet, including the right to freedom of expression. His officials have raised the issue of arrests directly with the Chinese authorities.
In addition, following the unrest in March, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary took part in the informal Gymnich meeting of EU Foreign Ministers from 28 to 29 March. EU Foreign Ministers expressed their concern over Tibet, calling for an end to violence and asking that arrested persons be treated in conformity with international standards.