September 17, 2004

(Name and address omitted)

Dear ----,

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding recent reports of a drive-by shooting of Falun Gong practitioners in South Africa. Please forgive the delay in my response, but as you can appreciate the volume of mail received at my office does not always allow as prompt a response as I would wish.

Please be assured that your concerns are being strongly noted. The Conservative Party of Canada condemns human rights abuses under any regime as well as the continued violations of human rights that take place under the Chinese government.

I also appreciate the concerns you express regarding hate propaganda targeting Falun Gong by the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in Canada. My colleagues and I in the Official Opposition continue to work hard on behalf of Falun Gong practitioners on issues such as this one. In the past I have written letters to our senior ministers as well as the Chinese government, identifying these abuses and calling for these violations to end. I have also taken the liberty of forwarding your concerns to the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the government's consideration of your views.

Thank you again for your correspondence and please be assured that the Conservative Party of Canada will continue to speak out against human rights violations and strongly condemn all acts of terror.


Rahim Jaffer, MP