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Uzbekistan has extradited a Canadian citizen to China, where he faces a death sentence.
Huseyincan Celil, of Burlington, Ont., has been extradited by Uzbekistan to China, where he could face execution as a political dissident. (Canadian Press)
Huseyincan Celil was sentenced to death in China for human rights work.
The 37-year-old was sentenced in absentia for founding a political party to work on behalf of the Uighur people, a minority ethnic group in the Xinjiang province.
A father of six, Celil fled China in the mid-1990s. He came to Canada in 2001 from Turkey as a refugee and became a Canadian citizen.
The Burlington, Ont., resident has been held in an Uzbekistan jail since March. He was arrested in March while trying to renew his visitor's visa in the capital Tashkent.
A spokesperson for Foreign Affairs said the department informed Celil's family of the development on Monday and is trying to confirm where Celil is being held.
Celil and his wife have three children in Ontario and he has three more in China, a family friend told the Hamilton Spectator in April.
The same friend said Celil was in Uzbekistan in an attempt to try to get his three children out of China, but didn't explain how.
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The Hamilton Spectator
(Jun 27, 2006)
A Burlington man sentenced to death in China for human rights work there, now finds himself back in that country after being extradited from Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan has informed Canada they have handed Huseyincan Celil, 37, over to China. His family was told of the development yesterday morning by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The move has frightened his family and friends.
The father of six was sentenced to death in absentia for founding a political party to work on behalf of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province.
Celil, who fled the Chinese province in the mid-1990s, came to Canada from Turkey in 2001 as a refugee, and is now a Canadian citizen.
"It's an unfortunate turn of events," said Hamilton lawyer Chris MacLeod, who is liaisoning between Celil's wife Kamila and the Canadian government. "It's reprehensible that he goes from Uzbekistan to China when we put everyone on notice that we wanted him back."
MacLeod said Celil's wife is not doing very well.
"She's very emotional about it, obviously," said MacLeod. "China's record with Uyghurs is pretty terrible, and they were pretty hard on Huseyincan last time before he escaped."
The whereabouts of Celil, who was arrested in March while visiting Uzbekistan, had been unknown to his family for the last two weeks. They went to visit him in prison in the capital of Tashkent, but were told he had been transferred or moved because his cell was being reconstructed. They were not told where he had been sent.
Apart from the death sentence, it is alleged Celil killed Chinese delegates while in Bishkak, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, in March 2000; and kidnapped Chinese delegates in June of that year.
MacLeod and friends say that is impossible because Celil was in Turkey in 2000 under the auspices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. They believe the charges were trumped up because of his political work on behalf of the Uyghur people and to let China to get ahold of him.
His plight has drawn the attention of human rights groups across the globe, including Amnesty International.
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay sent a diplomatic note to Uzbekistan demanding Celil's return.
Mississauga Liberal MP Paul Szabo, who has queried the government in Question Period about Celil's situation, called his falling into the hands of China a very grave situation.
"I think people can tell you that once you've been sentenced to death (in China) they don't wait too long to carry it out," he said. "It's time to say some prayers."
He said he has spoken to interim Liberal Leader Bill Graham and he is going to ensure the government has sent a diplomatic note to China on Celil.
Szabo didn't believe the Conservative government had done all it could to retrieve Celil from Uzbekistan and now must show its mettle in dealing with China.
"I can't imagine anything that would delay the government from taking the strongest stand possible," he said. "You have to fight this one big time, and if you didn't, what can you say to others Canadians abroad who get into some difficulty."
Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Kim Girtel said Canada is trying to confirm with China that Celil is in its hands.
She wouldn't say how hard it will press China for his return.
"It's step by step," Girtel said. "It's too early to speculate. We have to get confirmation from the Chinese authorities and from there go forward. At this time, it's premature. China is a big country. A very big country."
MacLeod called on Ottawa to send a parliamentary delegation to retrieve Celil from Uzbekistan and he reiterated that for China.
He said the "positive" aspect to Celil being in China is Canada and China have long-standing diplomatic relations and embassies as compared to Uzbekistan and Canada.
Girtel couldn't say if a delegation is being considered, but said department officials were aware of MacLeod's request.
Officials at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa could not be reached for comment.
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A Burlington man, who faces a death sentence in China for his human rights work, now finds himself back in that country after being extradicted from Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan has informed Canada they have handed Huseyincan Celil, 37, over to China. His family was told of the development yesterday morning by the Department of Foreign Affairs. The move has frightened his family and friends. The father of six was sentenced to death in absentia for founding a political party to work on behalf of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province. Celil fled the province in the mid-1990s and came to Canada from Turkey in 2001 as a refugee. He is now a Canadian citizen. "It's an unfortunate turn of events," said lawyer Chris MacLeod, who is liaisoning between Celil's wife, Kamila, and Ottawa. "It's reprehensible that he goes from Uzbekistan to China when we put everyone on notice that we wanted him back." MacLeod said Kamila is not doing well after receiving the news from Ottawa. "She's very emotional about it, obviously," said MacLeod. "China's record with Uyghurs is pretty terrible and they were pretty hard on Huseyincan last time before he escaped." Celil, an imam, was arrested and imprisoned in Uzbekistan in March. He, his wife and three children had been visiting his in-laws. Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Kim Girtel said yesterday Canada is trying to confirm with China that Celil is in its hands. Once that has been determined, Canada will demand a consul official be allowed to visit him in prison.Hamilton Spectator
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Burlington family fears he'll be killed
Burlington imam Huseyincan Celil, an advocate for China's Uighur minority group held since April in an Uzbekistan detention centre, has been transferred to an undisclosed location, his relatives say.Celil's wife Kamila Telendibaeva told the Toronto Star that when her father visited the detention centre on Saturday, the guards there told him Celil had been transferred, but they wouldn't provide any details. Telendibaeva said she hasn't been able to sleep since learning of her husband's transfer. "I can't do anything," she said yesterday. "I'm always thinking, where is he?"Celil's family here worries he will be deported to China — which has strong ties with Uzbekistan — and killed. Celil was once imprisoned in China for working on behalf of the minority Uighur population in China's northwest Xinjiang province. He and his family arrived in Canada as refugees in 2001. They settled in Hamilton before moving to Burlington last year. Celil was sentenced to death in absentia by a Chinese court. He is also charged with murder and kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan..Celil was in Uzbekistan to visit his wife's relatives. He was arrested in March while trying to renew his visitor's visa in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent. Alex Neve, secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada, expressed concern about the latest development. "We're quite worried about Mr. Celil's whereabouts and safety right now in any country and that certainly includes a country where human rights violations are rampant like Uzbekistan. "It's precisely at a time when a government is refusing to provide information about a detainee's whereabouts that they're often at the gravest risk. Neve urged the Canadian government to be more involved. "It's a critical time for the Canadian government to be intervening very forcefully at very high levels of both the Canadian and Uzbek governments." Celil's lawyer Chris MacLeod agreed. "The only solution is for the prime minister to authorize a high-level parliamentary delegation ... to go to Uzbekistan with the intention of seeking Celil's release."
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