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Foreign Secretary statement on Simon Cheng, 20 November 2019

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gave a statement on the detention and mistreatment of Simon Cheng, a former member of staff at the British Consulate Hong Kong.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:

Simon Cheng was a valued member of our team. We were shocked and appalled by the mistreatment he suffered while in Chinese detention, which amounts to torture.

I summoned the Chinese Ambassador to express our outrage at the brutal and disgraceful treatment of Simon in violation of China’s international obligations. I have made clear we expect the Chinese authorities to investigate and hold those responsible to account.

The FCO is working to support Simon and his fiancée, including to come to the UK.

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Original article link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-statement-on-simon-cheng-20-november-2019

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