Canada Seeks Foreign Assistance to Free Citizens Detained In China

The Province of Ottawa is staging a worldwide campaign to get more countries to collaborate with it against China's arrest of two citizens of Canada, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, which took place on the 10th of December. Canada is of the opinion that the arrest is connected to the arrest of the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei, Meng Wangzhou within the borders of Canada. The New York, however, ordered her arrest, and she was accused of committing fraud in 2013 in consideration with the sanctions on Iran by the US. While speaking to reporters in a conference on Saturday, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland said that Canadian Ambassador's in various countries are bringing up the disturbing occurrence of China's arrest of Kovrig and Spavor. She mentioned that she was glad to see all countries showing up and stating that they aren't ignorant of what was at stake. She added that Canada would keep working with allies from across the globe. Also on Saturday, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau expressed his concerns over the gentlemen who have been detained in China. He said that aside from Canadian's, people from other parts of the world are anxious about the arrest of the fellows. According to him, the government would keep calling for their release. He said that having respect for the rule of law and the right of both citizens and prisoners is very important to them; hence it is very important that the government stands up for its citizens. The arrest was executed on the 10th of December, a few days after China had promised to retaliate the arrest of Ms. Meng Wangzhou in Canada. She was arrested on the 1st of December, and her arrest was based on statements of support which came from the EU, Britain and the US. New York issued the warrant for her arrest, and she was taken down at the Vancouver Airport where she was moving to a different plane. She was bailed out with $10million and is currently under strict surveillance in one of her husband's multi-million dollar houses at Vancouver. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa says Ms. Meng's arrest is a political conspiracy to sabotage her father, the Telecom giant. It has also dismissed assertions that Canada's Prime Minister has nothing to do with the arrest. In the midst of all that has happened, Ms. Freeland has kept in touch with Beijing, China and has made it clear to them that Ms. Meng's arrest has no political links and that she has been given maximum respect all through the period of the judicial process. She said that every Chinese should know that Ms. Meng is safe and that Canada has carefully kept to the rule of law. She also noted that although the relationship between Canada and China is a bit troubled for now, it is, however, important to continue raising issues directly.

Canadians arrested in China

However, Ms. Freeland did not give a straight answer on whether or not the Canadian citizens who are detained in China are safe. On Friday, she had sent a statement to Canada, ordering for an immediate release of the two detainees. Such an announcement is usually made if a country believes that the other country is wrong in detaining its citizen. It was reported on Thursday that Mr. Kovrig is being held without bail or permission to see a lawyer. He is also being questioned every morning, afternoon and evening, and has been ordered to keep the lights on at night. His friends and family are not allowed to see him, and he is only allowed one consular visit in a month from a Canadian diplomat. Ms. Freeland said that the Chinese government hasn't directly stated that the arrest of these two fellows was done in a bid to retaliate for Ms. Meng's arrest. She added that it would be an unreasonable excuse to arrest them. On Saturday, she had reported that the Canadian ambassador in China, John McCallum would forfeit his Christmas break and remain in Beijing to continue seeking for the release of the detained fellows. She also added that large non-governmental bodies have also raised concerns over their arrest and have solicited for their release. Stay connected to Visa News to know more updated visa news from Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK, and the USA! Please fill our Evaluation form to know whether you are eligible or not and we will also suggest you for the better options available for you.

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