Open letter to His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, from the IBAHRI (July 2016)


Baroness Helena Kennedy QC and Ambassador (ret) Hans Corell, have penned an open letter to the President of the People's Republic of China, expressing 'alarm that lawyers in China remain at grave risk' and demanding 'the immediate and unconditional release of all lawyers detained during the July 2015 crackdown'. The two Co-Chairs of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) have published the letter to His Excellency Mr Xi Jinping to mark one year since China began its crackdown on human rights professionals.

"In the final months of China's membership of the Human Rights Council, Your Excellency has an opportunity to prioritise its commitment to international human rights norms and establish an environment in which the legal profession can operate freely and securely, in line with international standards. We appeal to you to take this opportunity."