Recent human rights developments in China
The Australian Government is concerned by reports that Chinese authorities have recently detained over 100 human rights lawyers and activists, with at least 20 remaining in detention.
Freedom of expression and peaceful assembly are guaranteed under China's constitution.
The Australian Government firmly believes these rights support domestic stability and progress in all societies.
We urge China to release all those detained for peacefully exercising these rights, or for lawfully defending others that have been detained for exercising these rights.