Canadian NGOs press Prime Minister to focus on human rights in upcoming China trip
Prime Minister Harper will make his second official trip to China next week. His visit comes at a deeply worrying time for human rights protection in China. A harsh crackdown on the country’s human rights community throughout 2011 led to hundreds of arrests. Many human rights advocates are still detained without charge or trial. 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo remains imprisoned. In recent weeks the situation in Tibet has deteriorated dramatically, with growing protests met by excessive and often deadly force from Chinese security forces.
At the same time, with considerable Chinese government interest in the Canadian natural resources sector, Canada may have more influence with China than ever before.
Canadian human rights advocates will argue that this is a critical time for the Prime Minister to take a strong stand for human rights in China.
Alex Neve, Amnesty International Canada
Cheuk Kwan, Toronto Association for Democracy in China
Urgyen Badheytsang, Students for a Free Tibet Canada
Speakers will also be available from the Falun Gong Human Rights Group and the Federation for a Democratic China
What: Prime Minister’s Trip to China and Human Rights Protection
Where: Charles Lynch Room 130S, Parliament Buildings
When: Thursday 2 February 2012 10:30 a.m.
Amnesty International Canada
416-363-9933, ext. 332