Since the end of last year when the new German Government came into power. Falun Gong practitioners in Germany have been writing letters to all departments and members of Parliament telling them about Falun Gong being persecuted in China. Madam Wieczorek-Zeul, the Minister of the Department of Economy Cooperation and Development, asked one of her staff to write a letter on her behalf to Falun Gong practitioners on 31st of January 2006. The following is the letter:
Thank you very much for you letter dated the 19th January 2006 about the Chinese Government’s impinging on the human rights of Falun Gong practitioners. Madam Wieczorek-Zeul, the Minister of the Department of Economy Cooperation and Development, has already received the letter and asked me on her behalf to write back.
The respect to religions and conscience freedom is all along one of the basic points of problems about human rights and is at same time the basic requirement of German politics. The German Government has long before known the improper measures the Chinese Communist Party has taken against Falun Gong and the infringing of their most basic human rights. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany has strongly condemned the way of taking the persecution of Falun Gong as the norm in China. During bilateral talks, representatives of the German Government have consulted with the Chinese leaders about human rights many times and tried hard to look for a scheme of settling the focus cases to which the public pay attention.
For several years, Germany has been engaging in dialogue with China on the problem of human rights. During the bilateral talk on human rights on the 30th May 2005, the German Government mentioned the problem of Falun Gong. As part of the European Union, which also has dialogues with China, has been trying her best to improve the condition of human rights in China.
Dear Madam X, I assure you that the German Government will spare no effort in firmly maintaining human rights. At the same time, no matter what setbacks Madam Wieczore-Zeul, the minister, encounters, she will continue trying her best to make human rights respected the world over.
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