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China: Politics and Government

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the recent sentences handed down to seven nuns by the Chinese authorities in relation to the March and April 2008 protests in Tibet; and whether he has made any representations to the Chinese authorities about the sentences. (207917)

We continue to receive a range of reports concerning the detention and arrests of numerous individuals in relation to the recent unrest in Tibet, including nearly 100 nuns in Khardze County, Sichuan Province. Together with EU partners, we continue to urge the Chinese Government to ensure due process for all detainees, including access to legal counsel of choice and access for independent observers to all trials. My right hon. Friends the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary raised these concerns with their Chinese counterparts on several occasions since the protests. The EU raised these concerns at the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in Slovenia on 15 May.