Attorney Calls for Government to Account for Incident That Sent Imprisoned Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti to the Hospital
4/2/09 China (ANS) The attorney for an imprisoned Uyghur Christian has called for a Chinese government investigation into circumstances surrounding the believer’s recent hospitalization.
Chinese Christian human rights group ChinaAid (www.ChinaAid.org) says that Uyghur Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, who has been arbitrarily detained at Kashgar, Xinjiang detention center for more than one year, was seen Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. (local time) at Nongsanshi (Military Farm) Hospital in Kashgar.
“His hands were bound and he was observed being roughly escorted by police and a prison doctor while repeatedly crying out to onlookers in Chinese, ‘I’m sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me,'” ChinaAid says in an e-mail update.
ChinaAid says that Mr. Alimjiang’s attorney, Mr. Li Dunyong, has inquired of the People’s Prosecutor for a report of the incident. The Prosecutor replied that they would investigate the incident and give a report April 2. His attorney has also confirmed that Alimujiang’s case is in the hands of the (Communist) Political Legal Commission of Kashgar.
ChinAid reports that attorney, Li Dunyong, visited Alimujiang at the prison last week and reported that he was in good health and good spirits. His attorney also reported that Alimujiang was selected as the head of his prison cell (Lao Tou), but is worried about his wife and children and their Christian faith.
“After receiving this message from her husband through his attorney, Alimujiang’s wife, Guli Nuer, expressed that she and their two young children are proud of Alimujiang and remain more firm in their faith than ever,” ChinaAid explained in the update.
On September 12, 2008, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion No. 29/2008 regarding Alimujiang Yimiti’s arbitrary detention for more than one year. At the conclusion of the Opinion, the Working Group stated:
“The deprivation of liberty of Mr. Alimujiang Yimiti (Alimjan Yimit in Uyghur) is arbitrary, being in contravention of articles 7, 9, 10, 11 (1), 12 … of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights … Consequent upon the Opinion rendered, the Working Group requests the Government of the People’s Republic of China to take the necessary steps to remedy the situation of the above mentioned person and to bring it into conformity with the standards and principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”
ChinaAid is calling on the international community to require the Chinese government to give an account of their treatment of Alimujiang Yimiti, and to petition the UN to press the Chinese government for his release.
Concerned Christians may contact the following Chinese government offices to express your concern for Alimujiang Yimiti (pronounced A-leem’jan Yi-mit’). Offices are generally open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. local time in China.
Xinjiang Government Leadership Office
Xinjiang Government Law Management Office
Ms. Wu Aiying, minister of Ministry of Justice of PRC
Fax: +86 10 8313 9051
Address: No. 10, Nan Da Jie, Chaoyangmen, Beijing City, (Zip Code: 100020), CHINA
Contact the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. to urge them to release Alimujiang Yimiti:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 328-2582
Send a polite letter urging the UN to hold the Chinese government accountable for the arbitrary detention of Alimujiang Yimiti and enforce Opinion No. 29/2008 of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention:
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: InfoDesk@ohcr.org
Petitions Team for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the Spokesman for the UN Secretary- General: email@example.com
UN Commission on Human Rights: firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific information regarding making international calls to China, sample text to fax and other resources to help you speak out, please click here http://chinaaid.org/2009/03/31/contact-chinese-officials-on-behalf-of-alimujiang-yimiti/ .
Read the Complaint Statement to Kashi District People’s Court on the Detention of Alimujiang Yimiti Beyond the Legally Prescribed Time Limits here: http://chinaaid.org/2009/04/02/complaint-statement-to-kashi-district-people%E2%80%99s-court-on-detention-of-alimujiang-yimiti-beyond-the-legally-prescribed-time-limits/