Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of EU citizen Peter Dahlin (22/01/2016)


Mr Peter Dahlin, an EU citizen and founder of China Urgent Action Working Group, a human rights NGO operating in China, was arrested on January 4th as he prepared to board a flight from Beijing. He has been detained ever since. The EU expects a swift resolution of this case in accordance with international human rights standards.

Mr Dahlin's arrest and detention are part of a worrying trend and call into question China's respect for the rule of law and for its international human rights obligations. The EU is also concerned by the recent broadcasting of confessions made by EU citizens.