Monday Michael’s Imprisonment: Minister Garneau deplores the lack of transparency

Secretary of State Marc Garneau used the 1,000th day of the arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor in China to denounce the lack of a transparent judicial process.

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On September 5, 2021, it has been exactly 1,000 days since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been held in a prison in China, since they were arrested and then accused by authorities of espionage.

Years have been brutally stolen from the two men and their families. Despite this, they have shown integrity and courage during 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,” Minister Garneau said Sunday.

The Canadians’ trial took place behind closed doors last spring. Mr. Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Mr. Kovrig is still awaiting sentencing.

According to Global News, supporters of the detainees will walk 7,000 steps from Windsor Park to Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa this weekend to celebrate 1,000 days of incarceration.

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“It must stop. Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor must go home. On Sunday, Minister Garneau said the thoughts of all Canadians and all of Canada’s partners around the world are with Mr. Kovrig, Mr. Spavor and their families at this difficult moment.”

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He pointed out that the arbitrary detention of foreign citizens was unfair and immoral, especially since 66 countries this year adopted a declaration for this purpose.

“They demand an end to this practice and the release of all individuals detained for diplomatic purposes,” the politician said.

Protest in Ottawa in support of two Canadians detained in China

Hundreds of people demonstrated Sunday in Ottawa in support of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, to mark the 1,000th day of detention who denounced the “injustice” of these two men in China.

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Other gatherings were held elsewhere in Canada, but also in Brussels, New York, Washington, Seoul and Singapore.

Former diplomat Michael Kovrig and chancellor Michael Spavor were arrested in December 2018 in China on espionage charges, causing an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Ottawa and Beijing.

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Canada views their detention as a retaliatory measure after the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

“These are unfair arrests,” Kovrig’s wife, Fina Ngibula, told the rally in Ottawa.

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“These rallies my solidarity with our Michael,” she said, “to pay tribute to their strength and resilience and also to call for action to finally break the deadlock, bring them home, and do everything they can to end this injustice.”

The demonstration was attended by Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, a number of elected opposition officials and the US ambassador to Canada.

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Participants took 7,000 steps to remind everyone that Michael Kovrig was trying to hit that number every day “in his little windowless cell,” according to his wife.

“He takes the seven thousand steps in a circle, often holds a book, reads, recites hymns, and prayers – 5 kilometers of courage and reflection. Today, he will not be alone in this walk.

Michael Spavor was sentenced to 11 years in prison, a sentence that Ottawa deemed “totally unacceptable”. Michael Kovrig awaits his verdict.

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