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Cablegate: Finland Won't Join Bern Process Demarche

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/15/2016
TAGS: CH PGOV PHUM PREL EUN FI
SUBJECT: FINLAND WON'T JOIN BERN PROCESS DEMARCHE

REF: SECSTATE 132130

Classified By: Polchief Gregory Thome, reasons 1.4 (B) and (D)

(C) Emboff presented reftel request for a joint demarche on
the treatment of the families of Chinese political prisoners
to MFA Human Rights Unit Director Johanna Suurpaa on August
15. Suurpaa said that the EU had demarched Beijing on the
treatment of the three families mentioned reftel in the last
few weeks. On August 11, for instance, a general demarche to
Beijing on the situation of Uighers also expressed concern
about the plight of Rebiya Kadeer's family. As such, Finland
and presumably other EU members would not be willing to
approach Beijing again so soon via a joint demarche. Noting
that the EU demarches had resulted in a disappointing
response and no exchange of information, Suurpaa encouraged a
separate U.S. demarche so that China would receive the same
message from several sources. Human rights will come up in a
general context during the September 10-11 Asia-Europe
Meeting (ASEM) in Helsinki, and Chinese human rights concerns
will be discussed in the margins, according to Suurpaa. A
fuller exchange will occur on October 23 during the EU-China
Human Rights Dialogue.
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