Canda: Canadian Human Rights Lawyer Requests Denial of Entry into Canada to Chen Zhili

On January 31st, 2006, human rights barrister and attorney David Matas wrote to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Minister of Justice to request denial of entry into Canada to Chen Zhili, the Chinese Communist regime's State Councilor.

Matas states in his letter, "I would like to bring to your attention and request immediate action regarding refusal of entry to Canada to Chen Zhili, State Councilor of the State Council of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and former Minister of Education of China, based on her involvement in grave human rights violations and other crimes against humanity in the persecution of Falun Gong in China."

Matas states, "It has come to my attention that Chen Zhili is expected to enter Vancouver the second week of February 2006."

Matas states that according to related reports, during her term as Minister of Education from 1998 to 2003, Chen has perpetrated the policy of the persecution of Falun Gong initiated by the former head of communist party and state, Jiang Zemin, into China's education system and consequently been an active campaigner and accomplice in Jiang's genocidal policy against Falun Gong. In the top government and party positions she held, particularly as Minister of Education, she controlled and implemented policies and operations, which targeted and persecuted Falun Gong practitioners in China's education system. She personally and intentionally directed, ordered, controlled, supported, supervised, authorised and condoned the systematic persecution and torture of the Falun Gong practitioners in China's education system.

The letter states that in addition, Chen Zhili is among a group of top officials of the Chinese communist regime who in concert with other leaders has been actively acting to implement and sustain a campaign of suppression and extinction of the Falun Gong practitioners in China in general, and in particular in the education system.

The letter states that according to incomplete statistics, at least 435 practitioners of Falun Gong from 210 colleges and universities were forced into various brainwashing classes, labour camps, and mental hospitals in 2003. The policies Chen mandated over her subordinates have perpetrated hate and discrimination, have instigated torture and arrests, which often resulted in the death of the Falun Gong practitioners involved.

Matas points out in his letter that section 35(1) (a)1 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act provides the legal basis for denial of visa to persons outside of Canada who are alleged to have engaged in grave human rights violations or other crimes against humanity. More specifically:

35. [Margin Notes: Human or international rights violations; Exception]

35. (1) A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for

(a) committing an act outside Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in section 4 to 7 of the "Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act";

Matas said that "The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act" provides for the examination abroad of persons seeking to visit Canada where a visitor visa requirement is in effect as is the case in China.

Matas requested in his letter that the Interdepartmental Operations Group (IOG), as the government agency, investigating the allegations under the "Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program," intervene with the relevant Canadian agencies to deny Chen Zhili a visa to enter Canada and bar her from landing on Canadian soil.

Matas said that one of the objectives of the "Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA)" is to promote international justice and foster respect for human rights by denying access to Canadian territory to persons who have committed grave human rights violations and other crimes against humanity.

Matas believed that the request is within the mandate of the IOG, as the Operations Committee, which insures that Canada does not become safe heaven for individuals who were involved in torture and other atrocities, and in conformity with the "Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Program" and Canada's obligations under international law.

With regard to the enclosed evidence, Matas said that these documents recount and provide evidence of the atrocities, torture even killing under the leadership of Chen Zhili in detention facilities and forced labour camps during her tenure as Minister of Education. Thus, there is sufficient evidence to purport that Chen Zhili should be subject to the restrictions of and is in violation of the "Canadian Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act."

Matas said in conclusion that [the CCP's] persecution of Falun Gong practitioners and suppression of their moral and spiritual belief of "Truth-Compassion-Forbearance" have escalated for over six years. This systematic eradication of Falun Gong through hate-incitement, economic devastation, torture and killing is a campaign constituting serious crimes against humanity and conscience, and warrants the urgent scrutiny of the Canadian government and the international community in order to stop it.

Matas enclosed evidence of Chen's involvement in the crimes.

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Attachment: (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
2001, c. 27)

Part 1 Immigration To Canada, Division 4 Inadmissibility. S.C. 2001, c. 27, s. 35.

35. (1) A permanent resident or a foreign national is inadmissible on grounds of violating human or international rights for
(a) committing an act outside Canada that constitutes an offence referred to in sections 4 to 7 of the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act;
http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/I-2.5/64755.html#rid-64855

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