Australia criticise China's treatment of detained blogger

Interrogation and isolation has become the everyday life of an australian-chinese blogger and political dissident detained in China. Australia's minister for

Australia criticise China's treatment of detained blogger

Interrogation and isolation has become the everyday life of an australian-chinese blogger and political dissident detained in China.

Australia's minister for foreign affairs, Marise Payne, says, that a chinese-australian writer, is being detained in China under unacceptable conditions.

Yang Hengjun, a former chinese diplomat, which has since been blogger, is subjected to daily interrogation and sits in chains.

This was stated by minister of foreign affairs, according to news agency Reuters.

Yang was in august arrested and is under suspicion of having engaged in espionage.

It can give the death penalty in China, which has notified Australia that the country should not interfere in the matter.

But Payne has told me that she felt a duty to the public to comment on the matter, according to officials from Australia's embassy in China recently visited the detained Yang Hengjun

His current situation involves increasing isolation from the rest of the world, with restrictions on communication with family and friends as well as repeated daily interrogations, also while he sits in chains, writes Payne in a communication according to Reuters.

- It is unacceptable.

Payne said that Australia has asked for an explanation of the charges against Yang and asked that he be treated fairly in accordance with international guidelines. It applies, among other things, that he gets access to lawyers and his family.

< Strong trade relations according to Reuters, the case sensitive for Australia, which has China as its largest export market.

Yang Hengjun is a former diplomat for the ministry of foreign affairs in China. He has under the pseudonym Wei Shi also written spy novels.

The French news agency AFP has described Yang Hengjun as one of China's most influential political bloggers.

among other things He has been advocating that China should develop in a more democratic direction.

He has criticized the regime in China.

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Updated Date: 02 December 2019, 03:00

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