Huseyin Celil is a member of western China’s Uighur
minority. He has been a Canadian citizen since November
He fled persecution in China because of his campaigning
on behalf of his community. The Chinese authorities
routinely accuse Uighur activists of "terrorism" without
providing credible evidence for such charges.
In March 2006 Huseyin was picked by Chinese police in
Uzbekistan while on holiday visiting his wife’s family.
He was extradited to China to face trial, and was held
in secrecy without access to a lawyer, his family, or
consular assistance. He was subjected to threats that he
would be ‘disappeared’ or ‘buried alive’ unless he
signed a confession. China does not recognize Huseyin’s
status as a Canadian citizen, and Canadian officials
were barred from attending the trial.
On 19 April 2007 Huseyin Celil was handed a sentence of
life imprisonment in a Chinese jail.
Please send, fax or e-mail a letter to Wen Jiabao Guojia
Zongli, Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China
raising the following points:
grant Mr. Celil, as a Canadian citizen, access to
Canadian consular officials in China
calling for a retrial of Mr. Celil in full compliance
with international standards including allowing Mr.
Celil to appoint his own lawyer
guarantee that he will not be tortured or ill-treated in
Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China:
WEN Jiabao Guojia Zongli
The State Council
9 Xihuangcheng Genbeijie
People's Republic of China
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His Excellency LU Shumin
Ambassador for the People's Republic of China
515 St. Patrick Street
Ottawa , Ontario K1N 5H3
Fax: (613) 789-1911
Background: China's minority Uighur community
Uighurs are a mainly Muslim ethnic minority who are
concentrated primarily in China's Xinjiang Uighur
Autonomous Region (XUAR). Since the 1980s, the Uighurs
have been the target of systematic and extensive human
rights violations. This includes arbitrary detention and
imprisonment, incommunicado detention, and serious
restrictions on religious freedom as well as cultural
and social rights. Uighur political prisoners have been
executed after unfair trials. In recent years, China has
exploited the international "war on terror" to suppress
the Uighurs, labeling them "terrorists", "separatists",
or "religious extremists".