Germany: Falun Gong Practitioners Invited to the Foreign Office

On January 9th, 2002, three Falun Gong practitioners were invited for a dialogue with representatives from the Human Rights Department in the Foreign Office. The three are German citizens and had been arrested on November 20th, 2001 at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. This was already the third such meeting with representatives of the Foreign Office. This time they had an opportunity to relate their experiences while in Chinese custody and to point out the unjustified and physically rough treatment methods toward them at the hands of the Chinese security forces.

The representatives listened attentively to the practitioners’ reports and asked questions about the exact sequence of events; their particular attention was directed at the witness accounts of the treatment of the German practitioners at the hands of the Chinese police authorities and their breach of international agreements regarding consular representation.

At the end of the 1-1/2 hour dialogue, the practitioners handed over letters of complaint from those arrested on November 20th, which describe these lawless treatments and in which they urge the German government to undertake suitable steps of protest against the
Government of the People’s Republic of China.

Nina Gumpold

[original text in German]

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