Date
17 January 2017
Peter Dahlin has been released by Chinese authorities days after this appearance on state television. Photo: AP
Peter Dahlin has been released by Chinese authorities days after this appearance on state television. Photo: AP

China frees Swedish rights worker, concern remains over Gui

China has released a Swedish man held earlier this month for suspected acts detrimental to national security.

The Swedish foreign ministry confirmed the release Peter Dahlin, a co-founder of the Chinese Urgent Action Working Group, an organisation that works with Chinese human rights lawyers.

Dahlin was taken into custody three weeks ago.

However, the ministry said it remains concerned about Gui Minhai, a Hong Kong-based bookseller who had vanished in October in Thailand, Ruters reports.

Gui, a Swedish national, appeared on Chinese state television earlier this month, saying he had surrendered to authorities over a fatal drink-driving offense more than a decade ago

Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement she had been informed by Chinese authorities that Dahlin had been released and that she welcomed his release.

“Meanwhile, I am greatly concerned over the detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai,” Wallstrom said, adding Sweden is working to get clarity on his situation and the opportunity to visit him.

China’s leaders have launched a crackdown on rights lawyers that has triggered international condemnation.

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