Dr Liam Fox MP has written a letter to European Friends of Falun Gong saying: “I fully appreciate your concerns about China’s record on human rights. I have today asked the Prime Minister to raise these issues during the State Visit of President Hu.” Hu Jintao is due to arrive in the UK on Tuesday 8th November.
Dr Fox went on to say: “The Communist Party has steadfastly suppressed any emergence of democratic politics since the Tiananmen Square crackdown. The Falun Gong religious movement, for example, has been ruthlessly extinguished.”
Dr Fox points out that China “remains a politically repressive state, centrally driven by the Party and for the Party. Its human rights record is appalling……Democracy has to be more than just the holding of intermittent ballots – it has to be supported with free markets, a meaningful rule of law and respect for human rights.”
European Friends of Falun Gong is a non-governmental organisation whose members do not practise Falun Gong but strongly believe that Falun Gong practitioners should not be persecuted for their beliefs and should be free to practise in China.
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