He also said that his Party "remains firmly committed to tolerance, human rights and freedom of expression and intends to discuss these issues with the Chinese officials when [the] opportunity presents."
He enclosed a letter from the Shadow Foreign Secretary regarding Article 23 legislation in Hong Kong and Falun Gong. The letter states "it is important to recognise the right of individuals to enjoy life's freedoms without fear of persecution or violation of basic human rights. The Conservative Party does not condone the oppression of individuals on the grounds of political or religious belief [*]. Individuals who practice their belief in an acceptable manner, showing respect and tolerance of others who are likewise entitled to engage in their own chosen faith, should be free to practice their religion unhindered."
[*] - Falun Gong is not a religion, it is a peaceful spiritual practice. For more information on the nature of Falun Gong, click here
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