This week I was pleased to have the opportunity to meet again with my friend Rebiya Kadeer, President of World Uyghur Congress, champion of the rights of this oppressed Muslim minority community. As you may know, Rebiya was imprisoned in China for advocating for respect for the basic rights of the Uyghur people. Upon her release to the United States, she courageously took up the leadership of the World Uyghur Congress, and two of her sons were subsequently arrested and imprisoned.
We discussed the many challenges facing Uyghurs in China, and the importance of pursuing peaceful solutions in defence of the human rights of Uyghur people in Xinjiang. We also discussed the ongoing plight of Canadian citizen Hussein Ceilil, who has been imprisoned since 2006 without consular access, in violation of China's international obligations.
Mrs. Kadeer subsequently testified before the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Human Rights.
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Hon. Jason Kenney, PC, MP
On March 4th, 2014 - Madame Rabiya Kadeer, the head of WUC and Mr. Memet Tohti, independent researcher based in Washington D.C, visited Amnesty International office in Ottawa during the official trip to Canada by the President of WUC.
On picture President of AI Mr. Alex Neve, Madame Kadeer, head of WUC, Mr. Tohti and Mr. Masimov
Uyghur related issues were discussed
Uyghur delegation to Ottawa during the testimony visit on March 4th 2014
During the Parliamentary hearings dedicated to Uyghurs on March 4th, 2014. Mr. Alex Neve, head of Amnesty International of Canada, Mr.Tohti, independent researcher based in Washington D.C, Madame Kadeer, the Head of World Uyghur Congress and Mr.Masimov, the head of Uyghur Canadian Society