Canada extremely concerned by formal charges being laid against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor


June 19, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“We are aware that China has chosen to proceed with formal charges against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. Canada is extremely disappointed and concerned.

“As the Government of Canada has stated from the outset, Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor have been arbitrarily detained.

“Canada continues to call on China to immediately release them.

“The cases of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor remain a top priority for the Government of Canada.

“We are deeply concerned that Canadian officials have not been granted consular access to Mr. Kovrig or Mr. Spavor since mid-January.

“Canada continues to request immediate consular access to Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, in accordance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

“Canada will continue to advocate on behalf of Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor alongside its international partners.”


Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
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