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China: Human Rights

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government when they next intend to raise the situation of the blind Chinese human rights activist, Chen Guangcheng, with the Government of China; and whether in any representation they will request his early release from prison. [HL3253]

We raised the case of Chen Guangcheng at the last round of the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue on 12 January 2009, together with the cases of other human rights defenders. Although the Chinese side failed to provide us with a satisfactory response, we are aware that it has since replied to you with a more recent letter with further information on the case. We had also raised this case at the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue in January 2008 and had previously raised a number of concerns about his treatment in prison with the Chinese Government. We lobby through the EU as well and expect his case to be raised in the course of the next EU-China Human Rights Dialogue. We continue to monitor his situation and will raise his case if we receive reports of mistreatment.