Statement on passing of 1,000 days since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arbitrarily detained in China

Statement

September 5, 2021 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Today marks 1,000 days since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were arbitrarily detained in China.

“Both men are being arbitrarily detained. We strongly condemn the lack of a transparent legal process.

“Years have been cruelly stolen from both men and their families. Despite this, they have shown integrity and courage throughout this terrible ordeal.

“We are inspired by their resilience as we continue to work tirelessly with our allies and international partners to do everything we can to bring them home.  

“Canada is grateful to all who have joined in expressing their solidary for Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, including the two dozen countries that sent diplomats to the court proceedings and solidarity events. 

“Arbitrarily detaining foreign citizens is unjust and immoral. Sixty-six countries endorsed the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations earlier this year and call for an end to this practice and for the release of all individuals detained for diplomatic leverage.

“This must stop. Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor must come home. The thoughts of all Canadians and Canada’s partners around the world are with Mr. Kovrig, Mr. Spavor and their families as they mark this difficult date.”

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