Press Release – for immediate release
31 May 2011
Marco Perduca [email protected]
Nonviolent Radical Party Transnational and Transparty www.radicalparty.org
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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Press Release – For immediate release
31 May 2011
Contact: World Uyghur Congress www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or [email protected]
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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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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