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Gao Zhisheng

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the arrest of Mr. Gao Zhisheng by the Chinese authorities; what representations he has made to his Chinese counterpart about Mr. Zhisheng’s detention; and if he will make a statement. (257348)

We remain concerned at the case of Gao Zhisheng. We have received reports that he was taken from his parents’ home in Shaanxi Province on 4 February 2009 and has not been seen since. We have consistently raised the case of Mr. Zhisheng with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We raised it at the 2008 UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing as part of an individual case list. After co-ordination among EU member states, the EU presidency raised the case with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 28 January 2009. We will continue to monitor his case and raise it at every appropriate opportunity.