STEP #2: Write a respectful email or use the following template:
It has been 15 years since Huseyin Celil, an ethnic Uyghur and Canadian citizen, was arrested in Uzbekistan and handed over to China. Since then, Canada has not been able to gain consular access or information on Huseyin’s whereabouts and well being because China does not recognize him as a Canadian citizen.
Canada cannot let China decide who is a Canadian. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau famously said “A Canadian. Is a Canadian. Is a Canadian.”
As a proud Uyghur and Canadian, Huseyin has advocated for his community long before the international community realized the genocide that is currently happening against the Uyghurs. Huseyin’s detainment and trial was farcical. He was held in secrecy without access to a lawyer, his family, or Canadian officials. His only charge was being an Uyghur.
Huseyin has had to endure many human rights violations including:
- no access to a lawyer, his family, or Canadian officials
- denied his Canadian citizenship
- forced confessions
- charged on heinous charges: he was detained and imprisoned because he is a Uyghur
- solitary confinement
- re-education program (negative psychological effects)
- freedom of belief, thought, expression, and religion have been violated
Huseyin’s wife, Kamila, and their 4 children who live in Ontario, have not seen him for 15 years. Huseyin was very much involved in his old and new community, a testament to his good character.
We urge the Canadian government to continue to fight for Huseyin Celil and on behalf of the Uyghur community. We ask the Canadian government to call for the immediate release of Huseyin Celil whether through a special envoy or a different means. 15 years is long overdue.