H.E the Ambassador of the Peoples Republic of China (H.E.中华人民共和国大使)
Embassy of the Peoples Republic of China (中华人民共和国大使馆)
40 Ailesbury Road
I enclose a copy of a letter that I have written to the Prime Minister of China. As you see it concerns the very serious reports of imprisonment and torture of practitioners of Falun Gong .
I am particularly concerned in this instance about Zhao Ming, a computer science post-graduate student who was studying at Trinity College before his arrest on a return visit to China.
A matter of very serious concern has come to my attention and this is why I write to you now.
I have heard that Zhao Ming, a 30-year-old post graduate student of computer science at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, was arrested during a return visit to China and sent to the main labour camp in Daxing County, Beijing. I am told this happened because he is a practitioner of Falun Dafa, also called Falun Gong. I have also heard reports that Zhao Ming is being tortured in this labour camp to make him renounce Falun dong. Reports of arrests of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners in China are also of great concern.
It seems that these people are being detained solely because of their expression of their peacefully beliefs. Many detainees have reportedly been tortured and in some cases deaths are said to have occurred because of torture and ill-treatment by police. China signed up to the UN Convention Against Torture in 1988 and is therefore obliged to investigate all allegations of torture and bring those responsible to justice.
I strongly urge you Mr. Prime Minister, to ensure that independent investigations are carried into these allegations of torture of Zhao Ming and other Falun Gong practitioners. I also urge to ensure that no-none is persecuted by state authorities for the expression of their peacefully held beliefs.