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China: Human Rights

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they are making concerning the conviction and sentence of Chen Guangcheng following the campaign he waged in Shandong province against the coercive birth control policy. [HL767]

We have raised concerns about breaches of due process in Chen Guangcheng's case with the Chinese Government on numerous occasions, both bilaterally and through the EU, at ministerial and official level. Prior to Chen's trial on 25 August, we raised his case at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, in Beijing in July. After Chen was sentenced, we included his name on a list of individual cases of concern handed over to the Chinese authorities during the visit by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on 12-13 September. My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary made a statement on 2 November welcoming news of Chen's quashed sentence and urged the Chinese Government to guarantee due process at his retrial. We are working with EU partners to urge the Chinese authorities to ensure that Chen's forthcoming appeal will be dealt with fairly and transparently.