Sunday, February 10, 2013

THRAC Executive asks members to send cards to prisoners Chen Shui-bian and Huseyin Celil

Once again we are making our annual appeal to THRAC members and supporters to send  cards to two political prisoners. Many small acts do help make a difference. Please take 15 minutes to do a small bit of human rights work! 

THRAC Executive asks members

Send cards to prisoners Chen Shui-bian and Huseyin Celil

A simple note on a card or plain paper expressing your concern as a Canadian can make a difference. It can be in English or Chinese. Though Huseyin Celil may not see your card himself, his Chinese jailers will. Let THRAC know you have sent one and we will share the information with Huseyin Celil’s family.

Huseyin Celil is a Uyghur Canadian from Xinjiang. In the 1990’s, Celil joined protests against the treatment of the Uyghur people in China.  Arrested and tortured, he eventually fled China and came to Canada in 2001 as a refugee. He became a Canadian citizen and moved to Burlington with his wife and four children. However, in 2006, he visited his wife’s family in Uzbekistan. The Chinese government asked for him to be “extradited” to China, in violation of international law and despite protest from Canada. He was sent to China, which refused to recognize his Canadian citizenship or even to allow Canadian embassy staff to attend his show trial.  He was convicted of ‘terrorism.’  and sentenced to life in prison in April, 2007. His family live in Burlington, and he is the Oakville Amnesty Canada group’s adopted prisoner of conscience.
Huseyin Celil  Hu-sa-yin  Ji-li-li
Di 6 qu, Di 5 Fenqu 6, 5
Xinjiang Weiwuer Zizhiqu Diyi Jianyu 

No. 5 Siping Lu 四平路 5
Wulumuqishi 830013
Xingiang Weiwuer Zizhiqu
People’s Republic of China

Chen Shui-bian’s health continues to deteriorate rapidly, even while he is being cared for in Taipei Veterans Hospital. See the video showing his condition :

 Chen Shui-bian 陳水扁
Taipei Veterans General Hospital 
台北市11217,石牌路2 201
No.201, Sec. 2, Shipai Rd., Beitou District, Taipei City, Taiwan 11217