Brussels, 20/05/2015

Statement by the Spokesperson on charges against Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

The charges brought recently against prominent Chinese lawyer, Mr Pu Zhiqiang, who has already spent more than a year in police custody since attending a small private gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events, raise serious questions of consistency with China's constitutional guarantees of freedom of assembly, opinion and expression.

The Chinese Authorities should guarantee Mr Pu Zhiqiang’s right to a fair trial and fully respect his defence rights, in line with China's international human rights commitments and the reforms it has announced to promote and deepen the rule of law. Foreign embassies should be permitted to observe his trial and Pu Zhiqiang should also be given adequate medical treatment.