Protest Letter You Can Mail to Chinese Authorities

January 15, 2004

For your reference, below is a sample protest letter that you can refer to when writing your own letter to Chinese authorities .

We urge you to adapt the contents into your own words and send your letter to the names listed at the bottom of this page.

Suggested Subject: 
Please Release Japanese Aid Worker and NK Refugees 

Dear ________,

I have learned that Mr.Takayuki Noguchi, the humanitarian aid worker from Japan was arrested for helping North Korean refugees in China, and is still being detained after more than a month.

Last year, China released the Japanese NGO members who were arrested under the same law (Article 318 of the Chinese criminal code), after holding them for 3 weeks. Please show the international society that the Ministry of Justice in China respects the fundamentals for a law-governed state by applying the same rules; please release the humanitarian still being detained.

I am also deeply concerned regarding reports that the two North Korean defectors were arrested in China on December 10, 2003. Both are ethnic North Koreans who were originally born in Japan.

They are obviously eligible for refugee status. Their arrest in China constitutes violations of customary international law and indicates a disturbing disrespect for humanity. We know that the Chinese authorities are still detaining the humanitarian aid worker who tried to assist North Korean defectors. If China continues its defiance of UN conventions and standards of the international community, it may badly damage the image of China as a moral member of the international community.

I earnestly call on the authorities to immediately release the North Korean defectors, and never consider sending them back to North Korea where their lives will be in danger.

Sincerely yours,

Your name here

Mail your appeals to:

Mr. Hu Jintao,
C/O State Council Secretariat
Zhong Nan Hai
People’s Republic of China

Mr. Fusen Zhang
Minister of Justice
Ministry of Justice
People’s Republic of China

And send e-mail copies to:
China Diplomatic Service:
China Embassy in Japan:

Note: You may get bounces from the above addresses. If you
have more current e-mail addresses, please do let us know.