Detention of Dr Yang Jun

  • Statement

Today marks five years since Australian citizen, Dr Yang Jun, was detained in China.

Dr Yang faced a closed trial in Beijing on 27 May 2021 and still awaits a verdict.

The Australian Government remains deeply troubled by the ongoing delays in his case.

I was moved to read the letter from Dr Yang’s sons late last year. All Australians know how much Dr Yang loves his family and his country.

I want to acknowledge the strength that Dr Yang has demonstrated, and the strength of his family and friends. Our thoughts are with them all.

Since Dr Yang was detained, the Australian Government has called for basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment for Dr Yang, in accordance with international norms and China’s legal obligations.

The Australian Government will continue to advocate for Dr Yang’s interests and wellbeing at the highest levels, including for the appropriate medical treatment, and provide consular assistance to him and his family.

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