ST. Joan's International Alliance United States Section
April 30, 2002
The Hon. Kofi Annan
Secretary General of United Nations
New York, NY 10017
Dear Secretary General Annan:
I am writing on behalf of the United States Section of the St. Joan's International Alliance, an NGO [Non-Governmental Organization], to bring your attention to the plight of the members of Falun Gong who are experiencing repression in China and elsewhere because of their beliefs in Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance. It was particularly disappointing that the recent meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva was unable even to consider their situation.
As a member of an NGO that is primarily concerned with the human rights of women, I feel that it is also my obligation to be equally concerned with the human rights of others particularly in the area of religion and philosophical creeds. The United Nations is far more influential than the mass media in the United States would allow us to believe. I urge you not to underestimate the value of the voice of the United Nations and to use that voice to remind the world of what the right thing to do is.
Please be assured that your work and constant efforts to make this world a better, more peaceful place for all of us is genuinely appreciated even if not as publicly acknowledged as they should be. Don't give up.
C. Virginia Finn, President
U.S. Section, SJIA
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