Imprisoned in China | Relatives of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were able to talk to them

Imprisoned in China |  Relatives of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were able to talk to them

(Ottawa) The two Canadians arbitrarily detained in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, spoke on the phone with their families over the holiday season.

“At Canada’s request, the Chinese authorities, in a humanitarian spirit and on a legal basis, have allowed [Michael] Kovrig and [Michael] Spavor to talk over the phone with their families during the Christmas period, ”said Zhao Lijian, spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

He added that the two men who had been locked up for more than two years had “thanked [les] authorities ”for this permission and that these same Chinese authorities were treating their cases“ with respect for the law and full protection ”of their“ legitimate rights ”.

Justin Trudeau’s government declined to comment on the information.

But in a statement released Wednesday, the office of Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said that “in recent months, Canada has established an agreement to increase consular services for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, as well as access to their families ”.

The press release came as news came out that Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was able to welcome her husband, Liu Xiazong, and two of her children to her Vancouver home under an exemption granted by Immigration. , Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

In the opinion of several seasoned observers in the field of international relations, the arrest of the number two of the Chinese telecommunications giant, the 1er December 2018, on Canadian soil, led to that of the two Michael’s in China a few days later, in retaliation.

The two Canadian nationals are not entitled to family visits or access to a lawyer, but they do have brief consular visits once a month. However, these had been interrupted for several months due to the risks associated with the spread of the new coronavirus.

The pandemic also got the better of the correspondence between Michael Kovrig and his family, according to what the wife of this former federal diplomat, Vina Nadjibulla, confided. in an interview with Press last December.

The Conservative Party protested against the travel permission granted to family members of Meng.

“The Liberals have rolled out the red carpet,” MP Raquel Dancho said in a statement released Wednesday. It is an insult to the millions of Canadians who this government has told not to visit their loved ones. ”

Canada continues to call for their immediate release.

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