Houston, Texas—Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02), Co-Chair of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the continued detainment of Houstonian Sandy Phan-Gillis in China.
“In March 2015, Sandy Phan-Gillis was about to return to Houston from a business trip in China when she was detained by Chinese authorities for no legitimate reason.
Despite international outcry, China continues to hold Phan-Gillis and just charged her with espionage on August 30th, 2016. Chinese authorities refused to allow her to meet with a lawyer for over a year without letting her meet with her lawyers or and are still prohibiting her from giving any details regarding the accusations made against her. Although China claims that Phan-Gillis is suspected of espionage against the country, they have yet to release any evidence supporting such a claim. While imprisoned for nearly a year and a half, they have placed her in solitary confinement and subjected her to brutal interrogations. This is no way to carry out justice.
I recently signed on to a letter asking President Obama and Chinese President Xi for the immediate release of Sandy Phan-Gillis. This atrocious violation of human rights must stop. The Administration must demand the release of a fellow Houstonian and end this injustice.”