Statement on Cheng Lei

  • Statement
13 August 2021

The Australian Government remains seriously concerned about Ms Cheng's detention and welfare and has regularly raised these issues at senior levels.

We are particularly concerned that one year into her detention, there remains a lack of transparency about the reasons for Ms Cheng’s detention.

We expect basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment to be met, in accordance with international norms.

The Australian Government is providing consular assistance to Ms Cheng and her family. Our officials have visited her regularly, most recently on 26 July.

Our thoughts remain with Ms Cheng and her family during this difficult period.

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