UK Government admits that it hasn’t raised the case of Chinese citizen journalist and human rights defender Zhang Zhan who disappeared into arbitrary detention five months ago for posting articles on Twitter about Covid 19. Having refused to plead guilty, reports suggest that she is on hunger strike and being forcibly fed.

Oct 28, 2020 | Uncategorized

by Ellis Heasley The Universe

In response to a Parliamentary Question, the UK Government has admitted that t hasn’t raised the case of Chinese citizen journalist and human rights defender Zhang Zhan who disappeared into arbitrary detention five months ago for posting articles on twitter about Covid 19. Reports suggest that she is on hunger strike and being forcibly fed – having refused to plead guilty. If we are unwilling to raise cases like hers, what sort of signal does that send to the Chinese Communist Party?

Curtailment of free speech is also in breach of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a member of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations the Chinese Communist Party should explain why it is in breach of so many of the Declaration’s 30 Articles.

Lord Alton of Liverpool – To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have
made of (1) the case, and (2) the health and well-being, of Zhang Zhan who is reportedly
on hunger strike whilst detained in China; and what representations they have made to the
government of China about her detention.
[HL9105]


Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon – We have not raised Zhang Zhan’s case with the Chinese
authorities. We are concerned by her case, but do not have information on her health or
well-being. A free press and the free flow of information are vital for good governance.
We have consistently raised our concerns about media freedoms in China and will
continue to do so.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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