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China: Tibet

Volume 696: debated on Wednesday 21 November 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What representations they have made to the Government of China about the arrest and conviction by a court in Sichuan of the Tibetan nomad, Runggye Adak, who was imprisoned after he called for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet. [HL132]

The EU raised Runggye Adak's case with the Chinese Government on 21 August, following his detention in Lithang on 1 August 2007, and continues to monitor his case. We regularly urge China to lift restrictions on freedom of expression, including free speech, in line with international standards. My right honourable friend the Minister for the Olympics and London (Tessa Jowell) raised freedom of expression during her visit to Beijing from 11 to 15 November. We continue to raise our concerns about minority rights in Tibet both bilaterally and through the EU.