In response to the verdict on the case 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:

It is deplorable that Mr Lee Ming-che was handed down a five-year prison sentence for "subverting state power" by Yueyang City Intermediate People's Court in the People’s Republic of China. I have serious doubts that Mr Lee Ming-che received a fair trial. He may have been forced to make his statement under duress during the hearing in a trial that should not even have taken place.

Any of the peaceful activities he engaged in fall under freedom of expression as defined also under international law. We must at all times uphold these international definitions and standards. The charges against Mr Lee Ming-che should have been dropped and he should be released and reunited with his family."

Background information

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. The Chair of the Subcommittee also issued a statement on 11 September 2017 on his trial.