Detention of Cheng Lei

  • Statement

This weekend marks three years since Australian citizen Cheng Lei was detained in China.

Our thoughts are with Ms Cheng and her loved ones, including her two children.

I want to acknowledge Ms Cheng's strength, and the strength of her family and friends through this period.

Ms Cheng's message to the public makes clear her deep love for our country. All Australians want to see her reunited with her children.

Australia has consistently advocated for Ms Cheng, and asked that basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment to be met for Ms Cheng, 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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