Written Questions on the mass detention of lawyers and human rights activists in China

Marietje
On July 23, Marietje Schaake together with 10 other MEPs submitted to Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, Parliamentary Written Questions on the mass detention of lawyers and human rights activists in China. Please find the Written Questions below. Authors: Javier Nart, Juan Carlos Girauta, Fernando Maura, Enrique Calvet, Marietje Schaake, Fabio Massimo Castaldo, Martina Dlabajová, Keith Taylor, Ana Gomes, Milan Zver, Julie Ward. Subject: Wave of mass detentions against lawyers and human rights activists in China  After the recent approval of the National Security Law, Chinese authorities are carrying out massive detentions against human rights lawyers and activists in the country. According to the Hong Kong-based NGO "Chinese Human Rights Defenders", more than 106 jurists from 15 cities and provinces have been detained, summoned at police stations and interrogated, sometimes even taken to unknown whereabouts, accused of being suspicious for "violation of the law". Moreover, Chinese police can retain a suspect for 37 days, even before the Public Prosecutor's office has approved formal detention. Given that this is the worst repression since the 1990's, according to many international organizations, such as Human Rights Watch: what practical measures will the HRVP take in the face of the alarming increase of repression in the country and the extreme vulnerability experienced by human rights lawyers and activists?
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