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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Canadian PM to put human rights on top of agenda with Hu

June 24, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
June 23, 2010

Dharamsala, June 23 -- A coalition of 11 groups
working for human rights in China and Tibet have
written to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen
Harper appealing him to put human rights on top
of his agenda during his talks with Chinese
President Hu Jintao before and during the G20 Summit.

'The Canadian Coalition on Human Rights in China'
comprises of Amnesty International Canada, Canada
Tibet Committee, Falun Dafa Association of
Canada, Federation for a Democratic China
(Canada), and Students for a Free Tibet Canada, among others.

The members of the coalition met Tuesday in the
lowest level of Canada's Parliament building to
present a letter to Harper. "The range of human
rights violation experienced by millions of
people across China including Uyghurs, Tibetans,
Falun Gong practitioners, democracy-activists,
human rights lawyers and advocates, trade
unionists and many others is wholly
unacceptable,” argued the Coalition in its letter
to Harper, adding that China’s "Increased
prosperity must not be mistaken for increased human rights protection."

"Harper has raised human rights in the past, but
the abuses continue and nobody is held
accountable," said Alex Neve, Secretary General
for Amnesty International Canada.

Harper’s earlier statement of "tremendous
opportunity to promote Canada’s values and
interests on the world stage -- and to champion
freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of
law" is reminded in the Coalition’s letter to the Canadian leader.

Urging Harper to make use of the advantage in
hosting the G20 summit, the Coaliation asked him
to send a "clear message to China and all
countries taking part in the Summit that G20
membership must carry with it a clear and
demonstrable commitment to international human rights standards.”

It also wants China, with its growing clout in
global affairs to assume similar responsibility
and interest in improving its human rights records.

"China has both the potential to shield and
protect governments with dismal human rights
records and the ability to exert meaningful
pressure on those governments such as North
Korea, Burma, and Sudan to change," reminded the Coalition.

"It is essential that G20 leaders make an
unambiguous presentation to President Hu over
China's use of the death penalty, lack of fair
judicial process, religious repression,
exploitation of natural resources and continued
human rights abuses of the Tibetan people,” said
Tenchoe Dorjee from The Canada Tibet Committee.
Expressing concerns over the imprisonment and
execution of Tibetan protesters arrested in the
China's clampdown following the nationwide
protests in Tibet in 2008 Tenchoe said none have
received a fair judicial process.

Chinese President Hu is currently on his state
visit to Canada and will attend the G20 summit
scheduled for June 26, 27 in Toronto.
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