Canada: Member of Parliament Libby Davies Urges Prime Minister to Publicly Express to the Visiting Leader of China the Canadian Public's Concern over Persecution of Falun Gong in China
(Clearwisdom.net) On the occasion of the upcoming visit of CCP leader Hu Jintao to Canada, Member of Parliament Libby Davies wrote to urge Prime Minister Paul Martin to publicly express to the visiting leader of China, the Canadian public's concern over the continuing violations of human rights, including persecution of Falun Gong practitioners.
Libby Davis, MP
August 24, 2005
Right Hon. Paul Martin
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister,
I wish to express my concerns about the upcoming visit of President Hu Jintao and urge you to publicly express to the visiting leader of China, the Canadian public's concern over the continuing violations of human rights, including persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. This has been documented by the UN and many human rights organizations. The incarceration and torture of hundreds of thousands of people and the estimated death of 2780 Falun Gong practitioners are gravely concerning. Canada, as a democracy society must insure that these violations are stopped and all human rights upheld.
I also draw to your attention to help release the 18 practitioners (list attached) with Canadian ties, who are being held illegally in various detention centers and labour camps in China.
In addition, Canada must protect the sovereignty of our country in light of reports of espionage, hate incitement, intimidation, and harassment from Chinese agents and consular officials against Falun Gong practitioners right here in Canada.
It is important that President Hu realizes that Canada genuinely respects justice, democracy and supports human rights and that this is the underpinning to sustain long-term stability and prosperity in our trade and economic partnership with China.
I believe Canada's responsibility is clear and our voice is critical in bringing an end to systemic persecution in China.
Libby Davies, M.P.