A member of a Canadian parliamentary delegation wrapped up a trip to China this week saying they were not satisfied with Beijing’s treatment of two detained Canadians and calling the limited consular access “unacceptable”.“ One of the issues we have is the failure of the Chinese government to provide Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor with the consular access that they are entitled to, according to the consular agreements between Canada and China,” Michael Cooper, a Canadian member of parliament, said in Hong Kong on Saturday after stops in Shanghai and Shenzhen.
“That is unacceptable. They are entitled to routine consular access and they have been denied the right to a lawyer,” Cooper said. “I am not satisfied at all. What our delegation conveyed was the need for immediate release.”