OTTAWA, ONTARIO–The Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers (PAFSO) is deeply worried about the fate of our friend and colleague Michael Kovrig after the outcome of today’s trial in Beijing. Along with fellow Canadian Michael Spavor, he has been arbitrarily and unjustly detained in China since December 10, 2018.
“We are deeply worried about both Michaels, who have been held under extremely difficult conditions, without access to friends and family, for more than two years, even as the world is ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Pamela Isfeld, President of PAFSO. “Michael Kovrig’s case is particularly concerning as our members know they could find themselves in the same circumstances. This situation has gone on long enough, and we call on both the governments of China and Canada to find a solution.”
PAFSO is encouraged by the recent attention the trials of Kovrig and Spavor have received from the U.S. State Department as well as at international fora including the UN. “We have been grateful for the expressions of support by our diplomatic colleagues and their governments and hope that increased international pressure will lead to Michael’s eventual release,” said Isfeld. “It’s time to bring him and Michael Spavor home.”