Brussels, 23/03/2015
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STATEMENT

Statement by the Spokesperson on the arrest and detention of five Chinese human rights defenders campaigning against sexual harassment on International Women's Day

The recent arrest and detention of women’s rights activists in China on the grounds that they wanted to launch a campaign against sexual harassment on International Women's Day violates their right to demonstrate peacefully. We urge the Chinese authorities to release them immediately.

As the UN is preparing to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women and the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, we urge China not to restrict the activities of human rights defenders promoting the human rights of women.