Majed El Shafie Asks Canadian Government to Stop Conducting
"Business-as-Usual" with Countries that Violate Human Rights
"I refuse to believe that everything 'Made in China' includes our human
conscience and values!" - Majed El Shafie??
TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2013
TORONTO, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In an open letter issued by One Free
World International, founder Majed El Shafie has called on the Canadian
government to stop conducting "business-as-usual" with countries that violate
the fundamental human rights of its citizens. View the open letter in its
entirety at www.onefreeworldinternational.org
El Shafie cited troubling actions by the Canadian government, including their
approval of the takeover of the Canadian energy company Nexen by a state-owned
Chinese company, and the unveiling of the Canada-China Foreign Investment
Protection and Promotion Agreement (FIPA). According to El Shafie, the Chinese
government continues to systematically violate the most basic freedoms of its
people, and in particular the rights of religious minorities.
In 2012, Chinese authorities continued their campaign of widespread arrests in
an apparent attempt to eradicate the house church movement in China.According
to documents obtained by another human rights organization, the Chinese
government has also adopted a clear policy designed to crack down on
expressions of Christianity on university campuses.The persecution by the
Chinese government has not only targeted Christians, but other religious
minorities such as the Uyghurs, Falun Gong and the people of Tibet.For
example, reports show that Chinese authorities have detained hundreds of
thousands of Falun Gong practitioners, several thousand of whom have been
killed in order to harvest their organs.
Despite egregious human rights violations, in December 2012 the Canadian
government approved the takeover of Nexen Inc. by the state-owned China
National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).Critics have warned of the economic
dangers of giving up control of Canadian natural resources to foreign
interests.However, even more important than the economic ramifications is the
willingness by the Canadian government to turn a blind eye to human rights
While the takeover has received final approval in Canada, the deal cannot be
completed without the approval of the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment
and, ultimately, President Barack Obama. The dangers of this deal to Canadian
sovereignty are well documented.Not only would this agreement prevent the
Canadian parliament from enacting public policy measures that may affect
Chinese investment interests in Canada, it would also expose the Canadian
people to secretive arbitration awards handed down by arbitrators
unaccountable to Canadian courts or the Canadian people.One Free World
International also points out that the FIPA, which does not contain any
mention of human rights, let alone substantive human rights provisions, sends
a clear message to China and the international community that Canadian human
rights values are indeed 'for sale.'
"The government of Canada cannot allow the issue of religious persecution to
be lost among the myriad of other matters informing its policy decisions,"
says El Shafie."While we understand the economic realities facing the
Canadian government and the need to attract foreign investment, Canada must
take a stand and make clear by its actions, not only its words, that it will
not overlook the suffering of religious minorities around the world.We
believe that Prime Minister Harper and the Canadian government are concerned
about the human rights violations against minorities in China.However, these
two decisions are troubling and send a dangerous message to both the Chinese
government and the international community."
One Free World International is calling on their partners and supporters in
the United States to make their voices heard in opposition to this
deal.Concerned citizens are encouraged to make their voices heard by
contacting their leaders and letting them know that the people will not accept
that everything 'Made in China' includes our human conscience and values.
About Majed El Shafie
El Shafie was arrested, tortured and sentenced to die in Egypt because of his
Christian faith. Today, he lives in Canada and fights for those persecuted
around the world through his human rights organization, One Free World
International. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and
spiritual leaders, El Shafie has not been afraid to put everything on the line
to help those in need. El Shafie and his work are the focus of the
award-winning documentary "Freedom Fighter" (www.freedomfighterdvd.com) and
the companion book, "Freedom Fighter: One Man's Fight for One Free World"
(Destiny Image). El Shafie regularly testifies before the U.S. Congress and
the Canadian Parliament and Senate, and he's a regular guest on CTV News, CBC,
Sun News, CBN, ACLJ's Jordan Sekulow Show and more. In July 2012, he was
awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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