Dear Senator [...],

Thank you for your letter of 12th November 2002 regarding my fiancée Li Ying, who is currently illegally detained in China. I am writing to you to report a piece of good news and asking for your help in making further steps.

Recently I was told that the labour camp has treated Li Ying differently and is allowing her some freedom. It seems that this progress may be related to the combined efforts of the Australian Government and all the people who have shown concern for her case. Please accept my sincere appreciation for all of your efforts.

As Christmas is approaching, everyone else is reuniting with his or her loved ones. However, my fiancée is still suffering the risk of being tortured, while I am unable to obtain a visa to China to visit her.

I have written a letter to Li Ying and have a Christmas gift for her. I doubt that my letter will reach her, due to the high security in China. Would it be possible for an Australian Government official to kindly deliver this message in Shanghai? Hopefully, this will also help reduce the risk of her being badly treated and show a democratic country's concern for a trading partner's citizens. I have already written a letter to the Honourable Alexander Downer MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, regarding this matter, hoping that he would be able to help me.

Therefore, I would be extremely grateful if you could also pass on the message to Mr Downer on my behalf regarding this matter. Li Ying and I have lost contact with each other for more than a year. Words cannot express how important it is to us for my letter and present to be passed on to her directly.

Thank you again for your kindest help.

I wish you and your family a safe and warm Christmas.

Yours Sincerely

Cheezong Lee


PS. Please find enclosed one of the latest news releases regarding the situation inside China. Although it is disturbing, we are trying to let more people know so that they can make a difference in their own way.

Category: Rallies & Protests