Canada: Member of Parliament Writes to Prime Minister Concerning the Persecution of Falun Gong in China on the Occasion of Hu Jintao's Visit to Canada
(Clearwisdom.net) On August 26, 2005, Mr. Bill Siksay, Member of Parliament of Canada, wrote to Prime Minister Paul Martin, on the occasion of Hu Jintao's visit to Canada, concerning the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China and about reports of espionage, hate incitement, intimidation, and harassment from Chinese agents and consular officials against Falun Gong practitioners in Canada.
August 26, 2005
The Right Hon Paul Martin, PC, MP
Prime Minister of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Dear Prime Minister,
I am writing to express my concerns about the upcoming visit of President Hu Jingtao and to urge you to publicly express to the visiting leader of China, the Canadian public's concern over the continuing violation of human rights in China.
I am particularly concerned about the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which has been documented by the UN and many human rights organizations. I urge you to help secure the release of the 18 practitioners with Canadian ties, who are being held illegally in various detention centers and labour camps in China. I am also concerned about reports of espionage, hate incitement, intimidation, and harassment from Chinese agents and consular officials against Falun Gong practitioners here in Canada. As a democratic society, Canada must ensure that these violations are stopped and all human rights are upheld.
It is important that President Hu realizes that Canada 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 and on our own soil. I look forward to your early reply on this urgent matter.
Bill Siksay, MP