Excellency Hu Jintao
People’s Republic of China
Dear President Hu Jintao:
I am writing to express my deep concern over
the arrest, trial, and imprisonment of the humanitarian aid workers
Mr. Choi Yong-hun, in particular, was sentenced
to imprisonment of 5 years in December 2003. It is almost a year
and 7 months since he was detained, and his health is reportedly
deteriorating badly, due to chronic disease and being denied the
necessary medication to treat his condition.
Also, I have learned that Mr. Park Yong-chol,
a North Korean refugee who is detained with Mr. Choi Yong-hun,
may be repatriated upon release to his homeland where he will
very likely face the severest of punishment.
I earnestly request the immediate release and
safe passage of the above humanitarian aid workers and assurances
that Mr. Park Yong-chol will never be repatriated.
________ ( Signed ) ______________