oday, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), sent a letter to South Korean President, Lee Myung-Bak, calling on the Seoul government to halt any deportations of Falun Gong members to the People's Republic of China (PRC).
"It has come to my attention that members of the Falun Gong, who are peaceful activists for democratic change in the People's Republic of China, are under threat of being sent back to the Communist Chinese regime by the South Korean government," writes Rohrabacher. "If sent back, their lives will be at grave risk because the Beijing dictatorship has declared its intention to utterly destroy the Falun Gong movement."
Between fifty and sixty Falun Gong members have been denied refugee status in the Republic of Korea (ROK) despite the threats against them from the PRC regime. Based on the founding principles of the U.S.-ROK alliance, Congressman Rohrabacher says the human rights of Falun Gong members should be respected and their safety protected.
"The U.S.-ROK alliance is a long and solid relationship," writes Rohrabacher. "It has recently been tested again by provocations from North Korea and China has shown its hostility to our alliance by its continued support for North Korea and its reaction to events in the Yellow Sea. The U.S.-ROK alliance is built on opposition to Communist oppression and aggression, whether from Pyongyang or Beijing. The Falun Gong should be seen as friends to our shared values."
Noting that President Lee will be coming to Washington, DC in October for an official state visit, Rep. Rohrabacher expressed the hope that no deportations will take place undoubtedly casting a shadow over the ROK leader's visit.