(Clearwisdom.net) The International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) is an international human rights organization founded in Frankfurt, Germany. Regarding the attempt by the Chinese embassy in Paris to stop Falun Gong practitioners from participating in Chinese New Year activities, the President of ISHR Austria wrote the following letter to the Mayor of Paris:

15. Januar 2004

Dear Mayor,

As the president of ISHR I was surprised to have heard from media that the Chinese embassy in Paris tried to stop the Falun Gong practitioners from taking part in the activities for Chinese New Year, which they applied for, in France, the birthplace of human rights. The French Falun Gong association is legally registered and is recognized by French authorities through its benevolent activities since its establishment four years ago and through its respect of our laws.

We would like to ask you to allow the practitioners to take pat in the activities which they applied for. Paris is the capital of France and we are convinced that this will be a further example of "Freedom, Equity and Fraternity."

Yours sincerely,

Katharina Grieb,
President of ISHR Austria