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In response to the court hearing of Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, the Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI), Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), stated:

"The court hearing of Mr Lee Ming-che started today at Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in the People’s Republic of China. The European Parliament is following the case and the hearing of Mr Lee Ming-che closely. I would urge the Chinese authorities to ensure a fair trial and hearing. Mr Lee Ming-che should be allowed contact with his family and be provided with appropriate legal counsel and representation of his choice.

In this context I would like to recall that  in its July 2017 resolution the European Parliament called for his immediate release and requested that the authorities ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment".

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The EP resolution of 6 July 2017 on the cases of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and of Lee Ming-che called on the Chinese authorities to release Lee Ming-che immediately, as no credible evidence relating to his case had been provided, to disclose information about his exact whereabouts, and to ensure, in the meantime, that Lee Ming-che was safe from torture and other ill-treatment, and that he be allowed access to his family, a lawyer of his choice and adequate medical care.