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The ongoing detention of a number of human rights lawyers and defenders by Chinese public security forces in unknown locations, without access to legal counsel or visits from their relatives, continues to raise serious questions about China's stated commitment to strengthening the rule of law.
Furthermore, the EU is particularly concerned about recent reports on the status of 16-year old minor Bao Zhuoxuan. Mr Bao's passport was confiscated following his parents' detention in mid-July and he is now reported to have been placed under house arrest. In the absence of any charges against him, the Chinese authorities should guarantee Mr Bao's right to unrestricted movement.