Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has persuaded the Government to hold a debate on human rights in China.
His request for a discussion on the subject to Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman came earlier today.
Mr Fabricant’s decision to call for the debate came after Chinese authorities moved to prevent the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing.
As recorded by Hansard, Mr Fabricant asked:
“Whatever the turbulence in this place, 20 years ago in Tiananmen Square, according to the Chinese Red Cross, it was far worse when 2,500 young people had their lives snuffed out. Even this morning, journalists trying to enter Tiananmen Square were manhandled by the Chinese police. May we have a debate about human rights in China and how we can encourage the Chinese, who wish to become a modern country and a part of our modern society, to revise their internal policing and freedom policies?”
To the delight of Mr Fabricant, the reply from Ms Harman was positive. She said:
“Given that there are major human rights concerns that go beyond the roughly 30 people who, 20 years after the tragic events in Tiananmen Square, still remain in detention, it might be appropriate for a topical debate in the near future. Given the major human rights issues also arising in Burma, we might be able to combine the two and debate them together.”