Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Brendan Smith TD has deplored the latest news that six people remain missing following the Chinese administration’s crackdown on human rights lawyers in the country. It is reported that the individuals have disappeared into the custody of China’s security services.
Deputy Smith stated: “The news that is being reported from China regarding the disappearance of human rights lawyers and their associates is extremely concerning. In the 21st century, it is not acceptable to have a situation where the state deems it acceptable to “disappear” individuals due to their work, in particular, in defending people’s human rights.”
“I am shocked and saddened by this turn of events. I speak as someone who has led trade missions to China and who would consider China a friend of Ireland. I am calling on our Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan to request an immediate meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Ireland to raise this matter and outline his deep misgivings about the reports coming from China.”