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Letter to PRC President Hu Jintao
from North Korea Freedom Coalition

March 10, 2008

His Excellency Hu Jintao
President, People’s Republic of China
c/o His Excellency Zhou Wenzhong
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
2300 Connecticut Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20008

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing with an urgent request that your country not repatriate to North Korea the four North Korean refugees arrested on March 5, 2008, by the Chinese authorities and now being held in Shenyang Border Patrol Detention Center. The four include three women and one man identified as follows:
Hahn Chang Kuk (male, aged 30),
           Lee Jong-Sun (female),
           Lee Kung-Shin (female, 30) and
           Lee Jong-Shin (female, 33).

As you know, there have been several recent incidents reported by the media of public executions by the North Korean authorities for North Koreans that were sent back to North Korea by South Korea and China. We believe that these four refugees will be executed if they are sent back to North Korea by the Chinese border patrol.

As we have stated in previous letters to you, we understand and respect China’s concerns about its borders with the influx of refugees from North Korea. We want to work with China to resolve this issue humanely working under international law and with respect for China and its border integrity.

We beg you to consider that these four refugees will be executed if returned by China to North Korea. They most certainly meet the conditions under the 1951 U.N. Convention on Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, which oblige China not to repatriate them.

We thank you in advance for considering our request and hope that you will protect these four individuals, whose lives are in your hands.



* For those of you in the USA, please consider sending your own letter to the PRC embassies and consulates in your area -- see listing below by state, including fax numbers to send letters. Please feel free to use this letter as a model.

For those of you in other countries, please consider sending a letter to the PRC embassy in your country. You can find the embassy in your country by clicking here.


Consulate Address District
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in San Francisco
  1450 Laguna St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel: (415) 674-2900
Fax: (415) 563-0494
Alaska, Nevada
Northern California
Oregon, Washington
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Houston
  3417 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Tel: (713) 520-1462
Fax: (713) 524-7656
Alabama, Arkansas
Florida, Georgia
Louisiana, Mississippi
Oklahoma, Texas
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in New York
  520 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 244-9392
Fax: (212) 564-9389
Connecticut, Maine
New Hampshire
New Jersey, New York
Ohio, Pennsylvania
Rhode Island, Vermont
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago
  100 West Erie St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel: (312) 803-0098
Fax: (312) 803-0105
Colorado, Illinois
Indiana, Iowa
Kansas, Michigan
Minnesota, Missouri
Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles
  443 Shatto Place
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Tel: (213) 807-8088
Fax: (213) 380-1961
Arizona, Hawaii
New Mexico
Southern California
Embassy of the People's Republic of China (Washington, DC)
  Tel: (202) 338-2500
Fax: (202) 588- 9760
Washington DC