East Turkestan: Canada not Protecting Its Own
Below is an article published under the Uyghur American Association’s describing the fate of a Canadian Citizen allegedly held in custody by the Chinese forces under charges of terrorism:
What's disquieting about this case is that Celil, who came to
The government has apologized to Arar and blamed the Mounties. Some think Arar should get the Order of Canada for the mistake. If that doesn't reek of guilt expediency, nothing does. The manner in which Celil was arrested and shipped to
To its credit (better late than never), the CBC's Anthony Germain traveled to Xinjiang province in northeast
Horsefeathers! It's alarmingly simple.
Celil is a Uighur -- the dominant ethnic and cultural group in Xinjiang which used to be the
Because Uighurs are Muslim, yearn for freedom and democracy -- yes, democracy of the sort we in the West profess to defend -- the Chinese view them as "terrorists."
Ever since 9/11, any who struggle for identity and independence in
Research by Foreign Minister Peter MacKay's bureaucrats would quickly establish that Uighurs are not terrorists -- despite a few being caught in the net at Guantanamo, most of them since released as victims of Pakistani bounty hunters. While
Harper could at least raise hell in front of microphones, at the UN, with trade delegations and Chinese businessmen. Alert Canadians and the world. Celil is a Muslim Imam, with a wife in
His mosque seems distinctly un-militant -- at least according to Mehmet Tohti president of the Uighur Canadian Association and Alim Seytoff of the Uighur American Association which is aggressively pro-American.
At least the government should drop its dual citizenship policy with tyrannies -- then there'd be no doubt that Husseyin Celil is Canadian and not Chinese chattel. As it is, the Harper government seems to have more trust in