19 April, 2002

Dear Mr. [name omitted],

On behalf of President Vaclav Havel I would like to thank you for your letter dated 1 April requesting the president support for the Falun Gong movement.

As you know, Presidnet Havel is a strong advocate of human rights, and he has dedicated the vast majority of his life to combating human rights abuses. I have no doubt that the President would wholeheartedly agree with your statement that a threat to human rights in one country is a threat to human rights everywhere, and the plight of Falun Gong practitioners in China is one that cannot be ignored. Please be assured that the President closely monitors the events in China and will continue to do so.

Thank you again, on behalf of President Havel, for your very informative letter. I wish you the best and support your continuing efforts to stop persecution and protect human rights.

Pavel Fisher, Director

Political Department

Office of the President

Czech Republic