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PM ‘very concerned’ about Australian citizen held in China

He also said Dr Yang should have better access to his lawyers, friends and family.

“Australia always has to stand up for our citizens and we have to be true to who we are as a people,” Mr Morrison said. “Now, the most recent consular access was a matter of great concern to me and the Foreign Minister [Marise Payne] and we will continue to make those representations on behalf of an Australian citizen.”

Dr Yang’s lawyer, human rights advocate Robert Stary, this week said conditions in the detention centre had deteriorated to the point where the blogger had no family or social contact.

Senator Payne said Dr Yang was being held in “increased isolation from the outside world” and the conditions were “unacceptable”. She said Dr Yang was restricted from communicating with family and friends and subjected to “daily interrogation, including while shackled”.

“This is unacceptable,” she said. “We have made repeated requests to the Chinese authorities for an explanation of the charges against Dr Yang.

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“We have also made requests for him to be afforded basic standards of justice, procedural fairness and humane treatment in line with international norms, including access to his lawyers and to his family, both of which continue to be denied to him.”

“This has not led to any substantive changes in his treatment.”

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