An Open Letter to the President, Prime Minister, the Czech government, parliament and Czech businessman who make business with China
czech businessmen and the government wants to intensify cooperation and trade relations with the Chinese regime. We'd like to respectfully ask them to extend their attention beyond the boundaries of economic gains and start to be more interested in the cases of unbridled human rights violations and, if possible express concrete ethical and moral stance according to their own consideration.
We would like to point out that if we remain silent to injustice and continue to act like nothing is happening and just stand by, the situation may eventually turn against ourselves.
Let‘s remind the words of the Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who was in September 2007 kidnapped and tortured by Chinese secret police. The lawyer said that the publication of his statement about a torture, which he experienced "reveals the true face of modern China." "In doing so the unimaginably evil nature of the ruling party in China will be truly revealed. My words will naturally evoke unpleasant, horrified and embarrassed feelings. Mainly in those global 'good friends' and 'pleasant partners' of today's Chinese Communist Party. However, only if they still carry a pinch of conscience and morality within," said Gao.
We feel that we have this conscience, and we would like to pronounce that whether the Chinese regime has any great power, and no matter what piece of it could our country grasp, neither history nor the people will look up to those who have gathered great wealth, but to those who stood up for truth and justice.
Followers of Falun Gong have adopted peaceful resistance and they do not use violence to pay it back. With peaceful protests and educational activities they effectively averted attacks and slander of the Chinese regime. Today there are still hundreds of thousands of them detained and abused in a Chinese prison system as prisoners of conscience.
Gao Zhisheng has become a symbol of the struggle for justice in China. Although he was considered to be one of the ten most respected lawyers in the country, even he was eventually imprisoned, tortured and sentenced to prison for so-called "subversive activities". After his release he has serious health problems and is not capable to live independently without help of others.
The founder of Falun Gong, Mr. Li Hongzhi and lawyer Gao Zhisheng were both nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Gao earned the nickname "The Conscience of China" and abroad has won an award for courageous advocacy. Falun Gong - method for improving health of body and mind, is practiced freely around the world and brings mental and physical progress and balance.
Behind the gloss of economic rise of China and beneath the surface we can clearly see what is now happening in this country. We are also aware of our own history and the sacrifices that we had to make as contry in the fight against totalitarian power. We simply do not want to embezzle to them.
We support all Chinese prisoners of conscience, who are unjustly persecuted for their faith and we support political prisoners who dared to defend the truth and justice in the face to face battle against totalitarian power. Especially lawyer Gao Zhisheng and followers of Falun Gong.
We disagree with the claim that activities such as ours are only idealistic campaign and can not have any real impact. We realize what impact had Committee for Protection of the Unjustly Persecuted people in former Czechoslovakia and how important were for us solidarity, concern and help of people from free countries during those times. We intend to continue to repay this our historical debt.
The letter was signed by 140 participants of the concert - including performing artists and speakers: Marta Kubišová, Jitka Hosprová, Jan Potměšil, Kateřina Jacques, Jan Budař, Olga Lounová, Antonia Nyass, Vaculíková Bara, Léňa Yellow,Lucie Hawa Goldin, Daniel Monaghan, Zdeněk Vojtíšek, Jana Skovajsová, Jan Wolf, Marek Benda, Monika Šimůnková, Džamila Stehlíková, Petr Hejma, Marie Šandová, Kvido Štěpánek and others.
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