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China: Gao Zhisheng

Volume 716: debated on Tuesday 5 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made representations to the Government of China about Mr Gao Zhisheng following his arrest and alleged torture in 2004–05. [HL758]

We remain concerned at the case of Gao Zhisheng. We have consistently raised this case with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We raised it at our 2008 UK/China Human Rights Dialogue in Beijing as part of an individual case list. In this we asked for details of the charges brought against him. The Chinese responded that “he had been sentenced to three years' imprisonment with probation of five years and one year's deprivation of political rights for instigating subversion”.

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 also worked with our European partners to ensure that his case was raised at the last EU/China Human Rights Dialogue on 19 November 2009.

We will continue to monitor his case and raise it at every appropriate opportunity.