15 August, 2000

Dear Sirs,

I am Z. M. Zhou. I am Ms Cui-Ying Zhang's husband. First of all, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for your numerous visits to my wife. She has been detained in Shen Zhen by the Chinese government for more than five months.

I know that the Australian government has done a lot for her. However, owing to the brutal fact that China has already persecuted about forty Falun Dafa practitioners to death, I unavoidably have to make this request to ask the Australian government to pay attention to the possible danger of my wife's loss of life in the hands of the Chinese government.

The Chinese government has inhumanely treated my wife. She is living in a terrible environment and even does not have a proper place to sleep. She has been brutally beaten. As a result, her skin is in very bad condition, her body has become very weak, and she is losing her hair. I feel restless for her. I therefore urgently and earnestly request the Australian government to help to protect the life of its own citizens by asking the Chinese government to stop persecuting my wife in accordance with the recognized international laws of human rights.

My wife once had serious rheumatism and had to lie in bed for a long time. All medical treatments to her were in vain. When she had lost her hope for life, she came across Falun Dafa, which gave her a new life and cured her rheumatism completely. Therefore, doing the Falun Dafa exercises every day is more important than eating and sleeping for her. Unfortunately, the Chinese government does not allow her to do the Falun Dafa exercises and it is like taking her life away. The Chinese government has chained her feet and obviously this is for stopping her from doing the exercises. To do the exercises would not affect other people and it is difficult to understand why they do not allow her to do the exercises and have mistreated her, a citizen holding Australian passport, in various aspects to such an extent. I sincerely appeal to the Australian government once again to help my wife to get out of the current appalling circumstances, and let her enjoy the basic human rights of personal safety and existence as an Australian citizen.

Could you please ask the Chinese government to:

1. stop persecuting my wife; and

2. release her and let her have medical treatment outside.

I would also like to request the Australian government to try their best to help to protect the life of my wife as the Chinese government has been very harsh on Falun Dafa practitioners; and about forty Falun Dafa practitioners were reported dead under the Chinese police custody.

Thanks in advance for your assistance and waiting for your reply and good news.

Yours truly,

Zhong-Ming Zhou

Category: Torture of Women