Date: 2003-04-26 06:40:36
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OPEN OUR HEARTS AND LEAD THE WAY HOME...
In the "Dialogue on Foreign Policy", under values and culture, it says that, "One of the most internationally respected elements of Canada's foreign policy is our long-standing advocacy of human rights, the rule of law, democracy, respect for diversity, gender equality and good governance." Canada has been recognized for successfully upholding these elements of our policy in a number of areas. One example, of the many to be given, is Canada's success in rescuing and saving innocent people's lives in countries abroad. One such example close to my heart, is how Canada was the first Country to step forward and rescue 7 Falun Gong practitioners from persecution and brutal torture in China's forced labor re-education camps, jails, and psychiatric institutions.
However, hundreds of thousands of practitioners continue to be persecuted in China, and news of deaths by torture is escalating every day. The past Chinese head of state, dictator Jiang Zemin, as well as others responsible for implementing this persecution, are currently facing charges of “Genocide” in countries around the world. Their actions have committed atrocious and bloody human rights violations that are in direct violation of the values enshrined in international constitutions, treaties, and laws of all civilized nations today, especially here in Canada.
Furthermore, there have been a number of recorded attempts by the Chinese embassies and consulates here in Canada to challenge our foreign policy. One means used repeatedly is spreading information of “State Propaganda” here in Canada, information that is completely false and incites fear and hate into people’s mind. This is not only illegal in Canada, but also immoral, as it intends to rationalize in Canadians' minds that this persecution is justified, and that killing and torturing innocent people because of their practice is O.K. It makes a mockery of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms to find this propaganda propagated through our media, as it has already been on several occasions.
In relation to our foreign policy, what steps is the government taking to deal with such hate propaganda being spread on our soil?
How can our foreign policy counteract the effects of such hate propaganda on influencing our citizens, immigrants and visitors?