Former Canadian MP Appeals to Prime Minister Harper before Chinese Visit to Call Attention to the Persecution of Falun Gong
(Clearwisdom.net) Days before Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper lands in China for his first official visit, former Canadian MP, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of External Affairs and President of Blue Butterfly Book Publishing Inc., Patrick Boyer called on PM Harper to stand up against the ongoing persecution of Falun Gong in China.
In a letter sent to the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Boyer wrote, "The issue of human rights, as you have stated on a number of occasions, is woven together with other issues of economic and environmental progress, of financial stability and economic growth. It is to your great credit, Prime Minister, and that of other Conservative prime ministers before you, that fundamental human rights are never eclipsed from our agenda."
Along the letter, Mr. Boyer attached Pagoda of Light, the first ever biographical account of a persecuted Falun Gong practitioner in today's China, recently published by Blue Butterfly Publishing Inc.. According to Mr. Boyer, he hopes that PM Harper will be able to better comprehend the Chinese Communist Party's reign through the tortuous account of persecution met by the book's antagonist Bai Shaohua, an ordinary Chinese citizen until he picked up Falun Gong.
Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, recently wrote the following comments for Pagoda of Light, "Human rights and freedom of religion are guaranteed by international law. If they do not exist in daily reality for practitioners of Falun Gong they have no meaning in the grandly worded charters of human freedom."
Mr. Boyer's letter is reproduced below:
Dear Prime Minister:
Thank you for initiating your important meetings overseas which are SO timely in advancing Canadian interests across a range of relationships.
The issue of human rights, as you have stated on a number of occasions, is woven together with other issues of economic and environmental progress, of financial stability and economic growth. It is to your great credit, Prime Minister, and that of other Conservative prime ministers before you, that fundamental human rights are never eclipsed from our agenda.
Because you and Jason Kenny have championed the freedom of citizens in China to be practitioners of Falun Gong, you will be interested in Pagoda of Light, enclosed. Authors Long Tu and Yuan Meng portray current conditions facing practitioners in China, through the true story of one remarkable family. Isn't this the universal story of individuals in totalitarian states from Nazi Germany through the Soviet Union to present day fundamentalist regimes, where only one "correct" way of thinking means many are imprisoned and murdered? China's "re-education through labour"camps for Falun Gong prisoners are part of this repressive system.
Author Yuan Meng survived such a prison camp and is now a landed immigrant recently graduated in architecture from University of Toronto and determined to tell this story about today's China. Her co-author husband Long Tu, now a Canadian citizen, is a computer programmer. Prime minister, it is important to them that you know about this story through their powerful and ultimately inspirational book Pagoda of Light. They and I, salute and support you for upholding human rights.
With warmest personal regards, as ever
Dr. J. Patrick Boyer, Q. C.
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