Detention of Cheng Lei

  • Statement

Today marks two years since Australian citizen Cheng Lei was detained in China. 

Our thoughts today are with Ms Cheng's family, including her two young children, with whom she has had no contact since she was detained. 

Ms Cheng faced a closed trial in Beijing on 31 March 2022. She is yet to learn the outcome. 

Since Ms Cheng was detained in August 2020, the Australian Government has consistently called for basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment to be met, in accordance with international norms. 

We will continue to support Ms Cheng and her family, and to advocate for Ms Cheng's interests and wellbeing. 

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