March 2016 marks the 10th year that Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil has spent in a Chinese prison.
As Prime Minister Trudeau prepares for a trip to China later this year, he must raise Huseyin Celil’s case with the Chinese authorities and call for his release.
Huuseyin Celil, an ethnic Uighur, was imprisoned and abused while in prison in China in the 1990’s. He fled the country with his wife and they were resettled to Canada as refugees. He became a Canadian citizen in 2005. Huseyin Celil was detained by the Uzbek authorities and deported to China in 2006 while on a family visit to Uzbekistan.
Amnesty International believes Huseyin Celil is imprisoned because of his advocacy on behalf of the rights of the Uighur minority group in China. He was originally sentenced to death, which was commuted to life in prison in 2007. This sentence was further reduced, to less than 20 years in February 2016. A reduction in his prison term is not enough. Huseyin Celil has never had a fair trial and must be released from prison.