Statement on the detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor

Today it has been one year since Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadian nationals, were detained in China. The Government of the Netherlands remains concerned about the declared motive for their arrest and detention. Today is also Human Rights Day. The Netherlands believes that the rule of law is fundamental for any society that wishes to live in peace and security. Mr. Kovrig and Mr. Spavor, as all other detainees, should be able to count on authorities to act in a fair, unbiased and transparent manner, in compliance with the rule of law.