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Margarete Bause – stands up for human rights

Margarete Bause, Spokesperson for Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid of the Alliance 90/The Greens parliamentary group in the German Bundestag

“It was a goosebump moment,” says Green Party politician Margarete Bause, looking back on her meeting with Ai Weiwei in 2014. The Chinese artist was under placed house arrest and was not allowed to leave the country for of his anti-government statements. “I asked him if it was of any use if Western politicians would come to China and address human rights.” He had replied that it was the only thing that gave people like him hope. The conversation moved her deeply and to this day remains “a mission” to stand up for human rights.

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