PO Box 5401
West End. Qld
3 September 2003
Ambassador Wu Tao
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
The People's Republic of China to Australia
15 Coronation Drive Yarralumla, ACT 2600
We trust this letter finds you in the very best of health and we appreciate that your time is most valuable.
We would like to respectfully appeal on behalf of the Buddhist nun Phuntsog Nyidrol aged 20 years, who we believe was jailed in 1989 for a non-violent protest against the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
We understand her nine-year sentence was extended by another eight years after she and 13 other nuns were found guilty of secretly recording Tibetan freedom songs and poems.
Whilst we have no desire to interfere with the politics of China, we humbly express our concerns for her continued well-being. We appeal to your compassionate nature and influence to call on authorities of Drapchai Prison to ensure her care is properly administered and that of her companions and other political prisoners of Drapchai Prison, in the interest of preserving human dignity.
We express our sincerest concerns at reports raised by Amnesty International about torture, ill-treatment and deaths in custody in Drapchai Prison.
We trust that your department may investigate these allegations to ensure the preservation of human dignity and human rights.
Members of Foreign Prisoner Support Services
The lao gai, or labour camps, still a brutal, hidden scar on the Chinese landscape? They have a terrible history of abuse and death.