December 5, 2016
A human rights group is calling on Arlene Foster to raise concerns about human rights “including the use of torture” and “the vast number of executions” during her visit to China.
Amnesty was speaking as the First Minister begins a four day visit to China to drum up trade and tourism.
During the visit she will meet with the Chinese Vice Premier, Madam Liu Yangdong in Shanghai to “promote economic, education and cultural opportunities for Northern Ireland”.
First Minister Arlene Foster said: “The links between Northern Ireland and the People’s Republic of China are strong and growing.
“This week’s visit underlines the continued commitment of the Northern Ireland Executive to engage with China, the world’s second largest economy. We may be a small country but we have a compelling proposition in terms of commerce, tourism, education and cultural opportunities.
June 27, 2016
Britain should reconsider its “golden” friendship with China as a result of the unprecedented human rights crisis unfolding under president Xi Jinping, Conservative party MPs will warn this week.
In a report set to be launched in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon, MPs and activists will chronicle the rapidly deteriorating situation since Xi took power in late 2012.
The report, called The Darkest Moment, details a severe crackdown on human rights lawyers, the suspected abduction by Chinese security agents of a group of Hong Kong booksellers, the growing use of televised forced confessions and attempts to cow free speech by detaining dissidents, bloggers and journalists.
Fiona Bruce, the chairman of the Conservative party’s human rights commission, said witnesses heard by her group complained of “a severe deterioration in human rights” under Xi, revealing what some now believed was the most intense crackdown since the roundup of protesters following the 1989 Tiananmen massacre.