Dec 21, 2009

East Turkestan: EU Condemns Cambodian Extradition

Sample ImageThe Swedish Presidency of the European Union today condemned the decision of Phnom Penh to extradite twenty Uyghurs in a serious breach of international law



Below is an article publiched by the Presidency of the European Union:

The Presidency of European Union is deeply concerned about the decision by the Cambodian Government to forcibly return a group of ethnic Uighur asylum seekers to China on December 19, 2009, prior to an examination of their status under international refugee law. The Government's action shows a worrying disregard for Cambodia's obligations under international law, as well as for specific undertakings given to UNHCR in this case. The Presidency urges the Cambodian Government to review its procedures for dealing with applications for asylum, in order to ensure that the procedures comply with Cambodia's obligations under international law.

The Presidency urges China to ensure that the human rights of the returned persons are respected, and to guarantee transparency and due process.