Chinese authorities must ensure access to lawyer of choice, consular access for Cheng Lei

Commenting on confirmation that Australian journalist Cheng Lei has been formally arrested by Chinese authorities, Amnesty International Australia Individuals at Risk Campaigner Rose Kulak said:

“Cheng Lei should be released immediately and unconditionally unless there is sufficient credible and admissible evidence that she has committed an internationally recognised offence and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards.

“Pending her release, Chinese authorities must ensure that she has regular, unrestricted access to consular visits, is able to meet and communicate with family and lawyers of her choice and is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

“She should be allowed prompt, regular and unrestricted access to medical care on request, or as necessary.”