Uyghurs should be treated according to international norms both at home and elsewhere. Kazakhstan must stop Ershidin Israel’s extradition to China

Press Release – for immediate release
31 May 2011
Marco Perduca  marco.perduca@senato.it
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty www.radicalparty.org
Tel:(+39) 06.689791

Statement by Senator Marco Perduca, co-vicepresident of the Nonviolent Radical Party, Transnational and Transparty:

“The ordeal of Ershidin Israel, a Uyghur currently in Kazakhstan, who for some time has enjoyed the protection of the UN High Commissioner for Refugee, seems to have reached a tragic end: deportation towards China. For reasons that remain unknown to the public Mr. Ershidin has been stripped of the status he was granted by UNHCR and will therefore be handed over to Chinese authorities by the Nazarbayev government soon. As the many precedents tell us, Uyghurs, once back in China, suffer harsh prosecution if not executions.

Kazakhstan, that recently was elected as rotating president of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe should know that it is bound by international obligations to uphold the treaties it has ratified and therefore should not consign Ershidin Israel to China.  In fact, not only China is still lagging behind in recognizing the entirety of the international instrument of human rights, but continues her campaigns of systematic persecution of ethnic groups other than Han.

At the same time I urge UNHCR to clarify once and for all the status of Mr. Ershidin vis-a-vis the Geneva Convention so that he can be eventually transferred to a country that has a record of not caving in to Chinese pressure when it comes of protecting the human rights of the Uyghurs.

The Nonviolent Radical Party and the World Uyghur Congress will take part in the current session of the UN Human Rights Council and will not fail to raise the issue in the next days.”

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World Uyghur Congress Fears Imminent Extradition of Uyghur Refugee Ershidin Israel from Kazakhstan to China

Press Release – For immediate release
31 May 2011
Contact:  World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

Ershidin Israel, 38, a Uyghur refugee currently in detention in an unknown location in Kazakhstan, is in imminent danger of being extradited to China after Kazakh authorities rejected his asylum application. Mr. Israel was taken yesterday at 8.00 p.m. (local time) from the prison in Almaty where he was detained by one Kazakh prosecutor and two Chinese men, probably police, to an unknown location. Neither his family nor his lawyer where informed about his whereabouts and his legal status and the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) believes that his is on the way to be extradited to China today at 9.00 p.m. (local time) in a flight from Almaty to Urumqi, the regional capital of East Turkestan.

The WUC is extremely worried about Mr. Israel’s fate and calls on the international community to stand up for Mr. Israel and call on the Kazakh authorities to not send him back to China where he would face detention and torture. Uyghurs who have been extradited to China in the past, were detained, imprisoned, sentenced, tortured, executed or disappeared after their return to China.

On 2 July 2010, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, together with the Chair-Rapporteur of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, sent an urgent appeal to the Chinese government regarding Ershidin Israel.

Ershidin Israel fled East Turkestan in September 2009 after having provided information to Radio Free Asia (RFA, www.rfa.org) about the apparent torture to death of a young Uyghur man named Shohret Tursun.

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China plans trial, tamps unrest in Inner Mongolia

AP, 30 May 2011

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese miner will face a murder trial in the killing of a Mongolian man, the government said Monday, as it mixed concessions with force to stop more ethnic protests in its resource-rich Inner Mongolia borderland.

Police mounted heavier patrols, disrupted the Internet and confined some students to school campuses in the regional capital of Hohhot and in several other cities where Mongols have joined recurring protests over the past week.

One witness said students tried to protest in Hohhot on Monday before being confronted and forced back by paramilitary police. The account could not be confirmed. A brief description of the protest was posted on an Internet chat site but was quickly censored. Police and other officials reached by phone declined to comment.

Ever more intense security has been ordered up over the past week in response to protests believed to be the largest to sweep Inner Mongolia in the past 20 years. The protests started after the deaths of two Mongolians in clashes with Chinese and quickly spiraled into calls for ethnic rights, placing normally quiet Inner Mongolia along with Tibet and Xinjiang as border areas troubled by ethnic unrest.

In signs of how politically sensitive the unrest is, Chinese official media have almost ignored the protests and an academic at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences said he had been told not to talk about it. Searches for the terms “Hohhot” and “Inner Mongolia” on Sina Corporation’s popular Twitter-like Weibo service return the message: “According to relevant law and regulations, the search results are not shown.”

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China Clamps Down in Bid to Halt Protests in Inner Mongolia

Wall Street Journal, 30 May 2011

BEIJING—Chinese police clamped heavy controls across Inner Mongolia on Sunday after a week of ethnic protests by students over the hit-and-run killing of a Mongolian herder by a Chinese truck driver.
The incident exposed simmering tensions in the resource-rich region, which so far has largely escaped the violence that has plagued China’s Tibetan and Muslim regions.

Police across the region were requiring students to obtain permission and to register with authorities before leaving university campuses in an effort to keep protesters off the streets.

Meanwhile, authorities blocked searches for terms such as “Inner Mongolia” on Internet sites such as Sina Weibo, China’s most active microblogging service, to try to prevent the upheavals from spreading.
Reached by telephone on Sunday, ethnic Han Chinese residents of Hohhot, the region’s capital, described paramilitary police in riot gear concentrated in the city’s main square. SMS messages to local residents from police said authorities were prepared to “intensify the crackdown.”

Residents in other parts of the region shaken by last week’s protests said demonstrations had subsided Sunday afternoon, but online postings called for protests to begin Monday in Hohhot.

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Uyghur Repatriation Imminent

A Uyghur is denied political asylum in Kazakhstan and faces extradition to China.

RFA

Ershidin Israil in an undated photo provided by a friend.

 

Originally published by RFA,May 27 2011

By Shohret Hoshur

An ethnic Uyghur, once acknowledged by the U.N. as a refugee, is set to be deported to China after a Kazakh court refused to grant him political asylum, according to his brother.

Ershidin Israil, 38, fled to Kazakhstan in the aftermath of deadly riots in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and has been held by Kazakh authorities since June last year amid Chinese accusations he was involved in “terrorism.”

Experts say the court ruling on Wednesday called into question Kazakhstan’s adherence to international obligations in the face of increased pressure from neighboring China where Israil could be severely punished on his return.

Seeking political asylum in Kazakhstan may have been Israil’s last bid to stay out of China, whose anti-terrorism policy, according to rights groups, deliberately targets activists among ethnic minority communities such as Uyghurs and Tibetans.

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US Ambassador Says China Must Do More on N. Korea, Human Rights

VOA News,27 May 2011

By Victor Beattie

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next ambassador to China, says Beijing must do more to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear program.  Locke told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday, if confirmed, he will also raise concerns about China’s human rights record.

Locke said while the United States welcomes a strong, prosperous and successful China, such status brings with it new responsibilities. He called on China to do more to pressure North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program and discourage further provocative acts, a reference to the sinking of a South Korean warship and the shelling of a South Korean island in the disputed maritime waters of the Yellow Sea last year.

“China has a very unique role given its influence and ties with North Korea,” Locke said.  “We, obviously, urge China to do more to influence North Korea’s behavior.  I think the recent provocations by North Korea, and the reaction by the South, is giving China pause causing China to realize that it has to step up to defuse the situation to make sure that no further provocations occur, which then could result in retaliatory actions by South Korea.”

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China’s Inner Mongolia set for more unrest: group

Originally published by AFP,27 May 2011

By Dan Martin

BEIJING — Unprecedented demonstrations by ethnic Mongols upset with Chinese rule show no signs of abating and plans for further protests are circulating on social media sites, an overseas rights group said.

The protests, which began Monday in China’s Inner Mongolia, have continued all week in the Xilingol region and calls have been issued for daily protests in coming days, the Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Centre said.

The unrest in the region was sparked by the May 10 death of a Mongol herder who was run over by a truck driven by a member of China’s dominant Han ethnic group, the US-based centre has said.

China is home to an estimated six million ethnic Mongols who have cultural and linguistic links with the Republic of Mongolia to the north.

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As world hesitates, China stands firm on dissent

Originally published by AFP 26 May 2011

By Pascale Trouillaud

 BEIJING — The international community’s mixed response to China’s crackdown on dissent — ranging from public criticism to total silence — has handed Beijing leeway to maintain its hard line, experts say.

Since Chinese authorities, apparently spooked by the pro-democracy uprisings sweeping the Middle East, began detaining lawyers, artists and other activists in February, a parade of Western leaders have met with Beijing’s top brass.

Some have slammed China over the clampdown — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this month called it a “fool’s errand”.

Others such as Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who visited Beijing last month, have avoided making criticism in public.

Jean-Philippe Beja, a China expert based in France, said Beijing has appeared inflexible “because Western countries have not really exerted any significant pressure”.

“Among the few dissidents who have been freed, their releases have only been secured after public pressure,” Beja told AFP.

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