And Reunite Huseyin With His Wife and four Children In Canada
Huseyin Celil’s heartbreaking story is the epitome of the Uyghur struggle and crisis. Huseyin is a Canadian who has advocated for the Uyghur community long before the international community realized the persecution that is currently happening. Huseyin has been detained in China since 2006 – simply because he is a Uyghur.
years detention IN CHINA
subject to torture
No Consular Access
part of the uyghur genocide
huseyin celil – News & Updates
The Canadian advocate for the human rights of Uyghurs has been imprisoned for 16 years, in blatant disregard of China's own laws. No one has been able to speak with him; he hasn't even had a consular visit. “I have not heard my husband’s voice in 16...
More than 20 current and former parliamentarians, as well as rights activists and ex-diplomats, have written Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urging the release of a Canadian man on the 16-year anniversary of his controversial detention. Huseyin Celil, a...
Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly is facing calls from members of her own Liberal caucus to appoint a special envoy to China who could pursue the release of a Canadian citizen jailed by Beijing in controversial circumstances for more than 15 years. They say it’s...
Quotes about Huseyin Celil
“For a Canadian citizen to somehow be captured, detained, tortured, and have no access to the Canadian government, for that person to be facing those sorts of human rights abuses is a particular affront to Canadians and the government of Canada”
“It is unacceptable that after a decade, Canadian officials have still had no access to [Celil] to provide consular assistance.”
“I think the government of Canada, when a Canadian citizen is ill-treated and when the rights of a Canadian citizen need to be defended, I think it’s always the obligation of the government of Canada to vocally and publicly stand up for that Canadian citizen.”
China is committing
against the Uyghur community.
The Uyghur Crisis
The Uyghurs are a minority group composed mostly of Muslims who live in East Turkistan (Xinjiang, a north-western area of China). The rising tension between the Chinese government and the Uyghur community began in 2009 when riots in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, caused by stated promoted Chinese Han immigration and widespread economic and cultural discrimination led to hundreds of Uyghur deaths. According to experts, this marked a turning point in Beijing’s attitude toward the Uyghurs.