October 4, 2002

Dear Mr. President:

Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 wishes to convey to you our deep concern over the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China. We know that your administration has raised this issue in the past with the government of China. We urge you to continue to press China, and President Jiang Zemin to stop the campaign of repression and imprisonment of the Falun Gong.

[...] It is reported in the media that approximately 25,000 Chinese Falun Gong members are now detained in labor camps, prisons or mental hospitals.

Reports from their followers who have been held in labor camps assert that detainees are forced to work up to 20 hours per day without compensation. Some of the products manufactured in these labor camps it is believed are then exported. Some of these products are sold in the United States. This is unconscionable. This hurts workers, here, abroad and in China.

Please continue to press China, and President Zemin to honor basics human rights and end the campaign of repression and terror against Falun Gong.




David Novogrodsky

Executive Director.