A press conference was held
last Thursday at the university to express support for a Concordia student
who has been held in China, probably because she is a practitioner of
Ying Zhu, an undergraduate in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer
Science, was apparently arrested by the Chinese government during a recent
visit to her family in city of Guangzhou, China. Her detention has been
Governments in the West and organizations such as Amnesty International
have expressed concern at reports out of China regarding the treatment
of Falun Gong practitioners. Besides being a permanent resident
of Canada, [her enrolment at] Concordia is perhaps the only other affiliation
to the country Ying has, said Jennifer Nadeau in a letter to CTR
Yings friends here at Concordia wish to help in her release
in any way we can. We are making a nation-wide appeal to the Chinese government
to release Ying and to ask for an end to the unreasonable and often brutal
persecution of Falun Gong in China.
The concerned students and supporters met with Rector Frederick Lowy.
He drafted what Nadeau called a wonderful letter of protest
to the Chinese government, reminding them of Concordias ties to
a number of Chinese academic institutions.