12 July, 2000

His Excellency Jiang Zemin

President of the People's Republic of China

c/o Chinese Embassy

515 - St. Patrick St.

Ottawa, Ontario

K1N 5H3

Dear Mr. President,

As the first anniversary of the crackdown on the practitioners of Falun Gong approaches, I wanted to write to you to remind you that the people of your country deserve to be treated with compassion and humanity.

Unfortunately, the people have yet to see any of the human rights your government had promised when it signed The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Torture, unjust detention and the deaths of imprisoned Falun Gong followers are just a few of the violations that have been perpetrated on the peaceful believers of Falun Gong.

I am asking your government to lift the ban on Falun Gong and allow the practitioners to pursue their personal beliefs in accordance with Article 36 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China.

I would also ask that the citizens who have been imprisoned for their beliefs be released. These people do not advocate violence and do not deserve to be kept from their families.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Rob Anders, MP

Calgary West