Ten New Jersey Congressmen Ask U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell to Urge the Chinese Government to Release Thirty-Seven Falun Gong Practitioners

January 22, 2003


Secretary Colin Powell
Department of State
2201 C St, NW
Washington, DC 20520

Dear Secretary Powell:

As we begin the new year and the 108th Congress, it is extremely disheartening to see that little progress has been made with respect to ending the persecution of Falun Gong practitioners. The Chinese government continues to imprison, torture, and murder these peaceful individuals due to their fear and misunderstanding of the Falun Gong movement. While we feel that all Falun Gong practitioners throughout the world should be freed from such persecution, of particular interest are those who have family members in the United States. We, the undersigned members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation, respectfully request that all practical means be used in calling for the immediate release of all the imprisoned Falun Gong practitioners who have relatives in the United States.

There are currently 37 Falun Gong practitioners imprisoned in the People's Republic of China who have family members residing in the US. A list of these individuals and some relevant background information has been attached to this letter. We request that the State Department review this list, and pass it along to the Chinese government along with an appeal for the immediate release of these persons. The inhumane persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is an affront to human rights, and as such it can not be tolerated. Please do everything within your power to ensure that this grave injustice is brought to an end.

Thank you for your attention to this most important matter.

Sincerely,


Rob Andrews
Chris Smith
Rush Holt
Jim Saxton
Frank LoBiondo
Frank Pallone, Jr.
Mike Ferguson
Bob Menendez
Steven Rothman
Donald Payne


Attachment:

A list of Falun Gong Practitioners imprisoned in China who have family members residing in the United States:

1) Zhou, Xuefei Female, 28
Wife of Zhaohui Lu, Atlta, GA
Detained: November 2000
Sentenced to 3 year labour camp in Guangdong Women's labour Camp in Sangsui

2) Wang, Zhiwen Male, 53
Father of Xiaodan Wang, Austin, TX
Detained: July 20, 1999
Sentenced to 16 years in Tianjin Chading labour Camp

3) Zhang, Xingwu Male, 60
Father of Shuangying Zhang, New York, NY
Detained: January 1. 2001
Sentenced to time in Jinan Liuchangshan labour Camp

4) Liu, Pingjie Female, 60
Mother of Shuangying Zhang, New York, NY
Detained: January 1, 2001
Sentenced to time in a Women's labour Camp in Shangdong

5) Zeng, Linwen Female, 67
Mother of Xueyuan Wu, Troy, NY
Detained: January 2002
Sentenced to time in Heizuizi labour Camp, Jilin Province

6) Huang, Yanyun Female, 58
Mother of Haiying He, Boston, MA
Detained: July 20, 1999
Sentenced to time in Tuohuang labour Camp in Xichang, now under house arrest

7) He, Haiou Male, 31
Brother of Haiying He, Boston, MA
Detained: October 1, 2000
Sentenced to 10 years in Chongqing labour Camp

8) He, Haiyan Female, 35
Sister of Haiying He, Boston, MA
Detained: December 1, 2000
Sentenced to time in Nanmusi Women's labour Camp in Zizhong, Sichuan, now under house arrest

9) Tiemu, Xueemei Female, 50
Mother of Tie Wu, New Haven, CT
Detained: August 1, 2002
Sentenced to time in Guizhou Women's labour Camp

10) Chen, Jingjiang Female, 54
Mother of Cheng Wan, Minneapolis, MN
Detained: January 1, 2002
Sentenced to time in Wuhan Baofeng Road Women's Prison

11) Han, Jizheng Female, 60
Mother of Yongsheng Wang, Houston, TX
Detained: 1999
Currently at Nanjing Spirit Hospital

12) Zhang, Cui Female, 59
Mother of Zhiwei Xu, Chicago, IL
Detained: March 1, 2000
Currently under house arrest

13) Teng, Chunyan Female, 38
US Permanent Resident
Detained: December 1, 2000
Sentenced to 3 years in a labour Camp in Beijing

14) Yu, Fenglan Female, 62
Mother of Chunguang Yang, Denver, CO
Detained: Unknown Date
Currently under house arrest

15) Yang, Dengyue Male, 69
Father of Chunguang Yang, Denver, CO
Detained: Unknown Date
Currently under house arrest

16) Zhang, Ruifeng Male, 38
Brother of Ruili Zhang, Rhode Island, NY
Detained: December 1, 1999
Sentenced to three and a half years in Hebei Jidong Prison

17) Xu, Yanxiang Female, 38
Sister-in-law of Ruili Zhang, Rhode Island, NY
Detained: December 1, 1999
Sentenced to imprisonment in Shijiazhuang labour Camp

18) Liang, Shaoling Female, 51
Sister of Yufeng Liang, Boston, MA
Detained: January 1, 2000
Sentenced to time in Sanshui labour Camp in Guangdong

19) Dang, Zhenghua Male, 33
Brother of Tongyun Dang, North Carolina
Detained: Unknown Date
Currently homeless

20) Xiao, Yan Female, 71
Mother of Ming Zeng, Houston, TX
Detained: October, 2002
Sentenced to time in Dongkou County Detention Centre in Hunan

21) Zhang, Yuhui Male, 37
Wife of Hongjian Huang, New York, NY
Detained: December 16, 2000
Sentenced to time in Meixi Second Detention Centre in Zhuhai, Guangdong

22) Zhang, Meirong Female, 56
Husband of Fucheng Fu, San Jose, CA
Detained: February 2, 2002
Sentenced to time in Pixian Detention Centre in Chengdu, Sichuang

23) Lu, Jianghua Female, 47
Sister of Zhonghua Lu, San Jose, CA
Detained: August 29. 2002
Sentenced to time in Tieling Detention Centre in Liaoning

24) Hu, Zhiming Male, 30
Brother of Zhihua Hu, San Jose, CA
Detained: September 29, 2000
Sentenced to time in Shanghai Detention Centre

25) Hu, Zhiqiang Male, 31
Brother of Zhihua Hu, San Jose, CA
Detained: January 14, 2002
Sentenced to time in Dandong Labour Camp in Liaoning Province

26) Zhang, A-lian Female, 53
Sister of Xiaoyan Zhang, Fremont, CA
Detained: August 29, 2002
Sentenced to time in Nanzhou Labour Camp in Guangdong Province

27) Zhu, Junxiu Female, 48
Mother of Yu Ye, Pennsylvania
Detained: September 28, 2002
Sentenced to time in Chengdu Labour Camp

28) Yu, Jiaqing Male, 50
Father of Yu Ye, Pennsylvania
Detained: September 28, 2002
Sentenced to time in Chengdu Labour Camp

29) Yang, Jingfang Female, 54
Sister of Jingduan Yang, New Jersey
Detained: October 30, 2002
Currently in Hefei, Anhui

30) Zhang, Lixin Female, 43
Sister of Lizhi Zhang, New York, NY
Detained: September, 2002
Sentenced to time in Beijing Tuanhe Labour Camp

31) Yu, Benlan Female, 60
Mother of Ke and Fend Yuan, New York, NY
Detained: September, 2002
Sentenced to time in Guoan Detention Centre in Beijing

32) Lei, Shuangyan Female, 56
Mother of Hongyang Tang, Washington, DC
Detained: Unknown Date
Currently under house arrest

33) Zhao, Caiping Female, 43
Sister of Meifang Zhao, Washington, DC
Detained: December 18, 2000
Sentenced to time in San Shui Labour Camp in Guangdong Province

34) Zhao, Meiyu Female, 26
Sister of Meifang Zhao, Washington, DC
Detained: January 27, 2000
Sentenced to 1 and a half years in Labour Camp, currently under house arrest

35) Li, Wei Male, 29
Sister of Zang Li, Maryland
Detained: August, 2000
Sentenced to 2 years in Labour Camp, currently no information on her status

36) Wang, Fuling Female, 57
Sister of Chunying Wang, Washington, DC
Detained: 2002
Sentenced to 2 and a half years in Xian City Labour Camp

37) Zen, Qing Female, 38
Sister of Ming Zeng, Houston, TX
Detained: October, 2002
Sentenced to 3 years in Zhuhai Labour Camp in Guangdong

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