China Severely Curtails Visitation Rights for Family of Imprisoned Christian

 CAA News: Visitation privileges for wife of jailed Uyghur Christian leader Alimujiang severely curtailed

ICC Note: Alimujiang is a Christian leader in China’s far North-western province of Xinjiang who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his Christian activities back in 2009. His wife was previously allowed to visit him only once a month for 20 minutes, but this has now been reduced to once every three months and for only 10 minutes.     

 01/23/2013 China (CAA) -The wife of jailed Uyghur Christian leader Alimujiang has had her short, monthly visits with her husband severely curtailed, and was to travel to the prison on Wednesday in hopes of seeing her husband, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison because of his religious beliefs.

Alimujiang is serving his prison term at the Xinjiang No. 3 prison, and his wife, Gulinuer, had been able to visit him once a month for 20 minutes. However, that’s now been reduced to once every three months and for only 10 minutes. Alimujiang called her on New Year’s Day, saying he hoped that he and their two sons could visit him. They planned to go to the prison on Wednesday and hoped the prison authorities would allow them to visit.

ChinaAid expresses its shock at this latest persecution of Alimujiang and his family and condemns the Xinjiang authorities for this heartless decision. ChinaAid is deeply suspicious of the administrative abilities of the Xinjiang authorities and of their motivations for this decision, which can only draw negative attention. This combination of weak government administration and its willful violation of the law is a sign that Xinjiang’s situation will continue to deteriorate. ChinaAid urges the new Chinese leadership to promote the rule of law by unconditionally releasing Alimujiang as soon as possible.

ChinaAid also urges people of conscience in China as well as worldwide to write letters to Alimujiang to express their concern for his situation. The address is:

Team 19, Area 5, Prison No. 3 of Xinjiang, Dongzhan Road, Urumqi, Xinjiang.  Zip: 830013.

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