Taken Question: Comment on Bao Zhuoxuan

Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 14, 2015

Attribution is on-the-record from Spokesperson John Kirby.

Question: Does the State Department have comment on the reports of Bao Zhuoxuan’s house arrest?

Answer: The United States is concerned about media reports that Bao Zhuoxuan, the son of detained rights lawyer Wang Yu and her detained husband Bao Longjun, is being held under house arrest in Inner Mongolia, China. We urge China to uphold its international human rights commitments and protect the health and safety of this minor child.

We are also disturbed by a seemingly systematic campaign by China to target family members of Chinese citizens who peacefully challenge official policy and work to protect the rights of others. If Bao Zhuoxuan’s family wishes him to study abroad like hundreds of thousands of other Chinese students, China should permit him to leave the country.

We call on China to remove restrictions on Bao Zhuoxuan’s freedom of movement, and again urge China to release Wang Yu and Bao Longjun without condition.