Amnesty International Oakville is hosting a movie screening on Monday, Nov. 14 to help bring more awareness to its mission to free prisoner of conscience Huseyin Celil.

A Canadian citizen, born in China, Celil is currently servicing a life sentence in that country while his wife and four sons live in Burlington.

He was arrested on a family trip to Uzbekistan in 2006 and deported to China. A native Uighur from northwest China, Celil worked on human rights for his people in the 1990s before he fled the country.

He came to Canada and Burlington in 2001 as a refugee from Turkey . Three of his four children, aged six to 15, were born in Canada.

The Chinese consider Celil to be a Chinese national and do not recognize his 2005 Canadian citizenship.

He was arrested for what his family and supporters say are trumped-up terrorism charges.

Amnesty Oakville has been working on Celil’s case since 2009.

Its screening of the National Film Board movie Uighurs: Prisoners of the Absurd will be held at 7 p.m. at Film.Ca Cinemas, 171 Speers Rd. Admission is by donation.

Celil’s wife, Kamila will be in attendance at the screening.

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