The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A2
Dear Prime Minister,
We write this Open Letter to you as members of the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China, urging that you make a determined effort to raise key human rights cases and recommendations at every opening during your upcoming visit to China.
This trip – your first as Prime Minister – comes at a critical time, as China faces serious human rights challenges throughout the country. There has been a concerted, deepening clampdown on human rights lawyers and activists and intensified measures to curtail freedoms of expression, association and assembly. These are worrying indications of a deteriorating climate for human rights protection in the country.