Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and Chair of the APPCG, released the followed statement on the disappearance of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo:
“News that British passport holder and Hong Kong resident Lee Bo is reported missing last week, following the recent disappearance of four other employees of Mighty Current publishing house in Hong Kong, is of real concern.
I hope that the Hong Kong and mainland authorities will co-operate with our Consulate General to find Mr Lee and ensure the safety of British citizens in Hong Kong.
I support the Foreign Secretary’s call for any charges against British residents in Hong Kong to be heard in Hong Kong.
I will raise this at lunch with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming on Monday.
An APPCG delegation to Hong Kong at the end of January will also raise both Mr Lee’s case and the wider issues of treatment of residents, freedom of press and the rule of law during their visit.
Meanwhile I hope Mr Lee returns home safely soon.”
Richard Graham MP
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group