Statement by the Delegation of the European Union to China on Chen Guangcheng (30/04/2012)

We are following closely events surrounding Chen Guangcheng's escape from house arrest. The EU had repeatedly called in the past for the lifting of Mr Chen's house arrest, including during the last EU-China human rights dialogue. Human rights defenders should be treated in full compliance with Chinese laws and constiutution. We call on the Chinese authorities to exercise utmost restraint in dealing with the matter, including avoiding harassment of his family members or any person associated with him.