Canadian MP Writes to Chinese Ambassador to Strongly Urge That Mingli Lin Be Swiftly Released

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On October 12th, 2005, a Canadian MP, Mr. Jason Kenney, wrote a letter to the Chinese Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Lu Shumin, to convey his serious concerns regarding the continuing harassment and groundless detention of Mingli Lin by the Putuo District Detention Centre in Shanghai. In the letter, Mr. Kenney strongly urged that Mingli Lin be swiftly released and reunited with his wife.


House of Commons
Canada
Jason Kenney, MP
Calgary Southeast

Ottawa
October 12th, 2005

His Excellency H.E. Lu Shumin
Chinese Ambassador to Canada
515 St. Patrick Street
Ottawa, Ont. K1N 5H3

His Excellency,

I am writing to you today to convey my serious concern regarding the continuing harassment and groundless detention of Mingli Lin by local police.

On October 9th, 2005, Mr. Lin and his wife were arrested by a group of men and subsequently brutally interrogated at the local police station because of their belief in Falun Gong. Although Mrs. Lin was eventually released, Mr. Lin is presently incarcerated at the Putuo District Detention Centre. He is being charged with making Falun Gong publicity materials.

Such actions on the part of local authorities are in clear contravention of basic human rights standards of freedom of expression and freedom of religious practice. I strongly urge that this matter be granted immediate attention and that Mingli Lin be swiftly released from the Putuo District Detention Centre to be reunited with his wife.

Sincerely,

Jason Kenney, MP
Calgary Southeast

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