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Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China urges Prime Minister Trudeau to make human rights a priority in first visit to China

    August 26, 2016

    As the Prime Minister begins his first trip to China, the Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China is releasing an Open Letter, documenting serious human rights concerns and laying out recommendations for human rights reforms in China.  The Coalition has also urged the Prime Minister to press for freedom for thirteen prisoners.

    The Prime Minister’s first trip to China comes at a critical time.  There has been a clampdown on human rights lawyers and activists and intensified measures to curtail freedoms of expression, association and assembly.  These are indications of a deteriorating climate for human rights protection in the country.   

    Event:             Press Conference

    Speakers:      Sonam Chokey, National Director, Students for a Free Tibet Canada

                         Gloria Fung, Director, Canada-Hong Kong Link 

                         Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada

    WHERE:        Charles Lynch Room, 230S Centre Block, Parliament Buildings

    WHEN:          Tuesday August 30, 2016, 10:00 AM

    Representatives of other organizations, including the Falun Dafa Association of Canada and the Canadian Uyghur Society, will also be present and available for interviews.


    Contacts:      Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Officer, Amnesty International Canada, 416-904-7158,