Two years since Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arbitrarily detained in China


December 9, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

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

“December 10 marks two years since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arbitrarily detained in China.

“These years have been stolen from Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, their families and loved ones.

“I am struck by the integrity and strength of character the two have shown as they endure immense hardship that would shake anyone’s faith in humanity.

“Both Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor are incredible examples of perseverance and determination in the face of the most difficult circumstances. I know they draw enormous strength from their families, who have been steadfast in pressing for a resolution to this untenable situation.

“These two Canadians are an absolute priority for our government, and we will continue to work tirelessly to secure their immediate release and to stand up for them as a government and as Canadians.

“We are grateful to the many countries around the world that have expressed support for Canada and for Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor.”


Syrine Khoury
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Media Relations Office
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