International Crisis Group adviser Michael Kovrig detained in China

Baku, December 11, AZERTAC

China has reportedly detained a Canadian senior advisor for an international NGO, who was a previously a diplomat in Hong Kong and the mainland, according to Hong Kong Free Press.

The International Crisis Group said in a statement on Tuesday night that it was aware of reports that its North East Asia Senior Adviser Michael Kovrig, had been detained. Kovrig has been a full-time expert for the group since February 2017.

“We are doing everything possible to secure additional information on Michael’s whereabouts as well as his prompt and safe release,” the statement read.

The group confirmed to HKFP that Kovrig was on business for the group in China before his detention. Details surrounding the incident remain unclear.

Kovrig was vice-consul of the Canadian Embassy in Beijing between September 2014 and August 2016. Following that, he moved to Hong Kong as consul of the Canadian Consulate General. He remained in the role until September 2016.

The International Crisis Group was formed in 1995 and is headquartered in Belgium. The transnational non-profit works “to prevent wars and shape policies that will build a more peaceful world,” according to its website.

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