CAIR-CAN: MACKAY MUST PRESS FOR CELIL’S RELEASE ON CHINA TRIP
(Ottawa, Canada – April 23, 2007) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called upon Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay to ensure that Canadian citizen Huseyin Celil is released from Chinese imprisonment. MacKay is expected to travel to China this week.
“Throughout Mr. Celil’s trial, the Chinese government has ignored the fact that he is a Canadian citizen and has consular rights. This treatment is unacceptable; the Canadian government must ensure that Mr. Celil’s citizenship rights are upheld.” said Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN Executive Director.
The rights of Mr. Celil as a Canadian appear to have taken a back seat with Mr. MacKay’s recently stating that “the relationship with China needs some nurturing”. This comes a week after the controversial sentencing of Celil to life in prison. CAIR-CAN urges Mr. MacKay to uphold Canadian values and our country’s commitment to human rights.
“Mr. MacKay must strongly press for Celil’s release from Chinese imprisonment while travelling to the country this week. Mr. Celil’s trial and human rights cannot be ignored,” Nickner added.
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CONTACT: Sameer Zuberi, CAIR-CAN Communications Coordinator at 613.795.2012, or Karl Nickner, CAIR-CAN Executive Director at 613.254.9704 or 613.853.4111