Friday, April 20, 2007

Canadian-Chinese Uighur Muslim ~ Life in Prison


Montreal (eCanadaNow) - A simmering diplomatic row between Canada and China has been exacerbated Thursday after a Canadian human rights campaigner was sentenced to life in prison on terrorism charges in a Chinese provincial court...
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The father of four came to Canada in 2001 as a refugee after spending several years in a Chinese prison, accused of dissidence, and became a citizen in 2005.
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China has never recognized Celil’s Canadian citizenship and have repeatedly admonished Canada for inquiring about the case, arguing that the issue is domestic and that Canada has overstepped its authority by attempting to intervene. Chinese officials charge that Celil is ‘a key member of the
East Turkestan Islamic Movement.’ They have long accused militants in the Uighur community of using terrorism to attain an autonomous Islamic state in the resource-rich region... Full article.
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