East Turkestan: Ottawa Expecting Beijing 'to Meet Obligations' on Jailed Man
Below Is An Article By Omar El Akkad Published On The Globeandmail’s Website :
Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay said yesterday the federal government has been given assurances that a Canadian citizen held in
However, Mr. MacKay's spokesman, Dan Dugas, explained later that what the minister meant was that Beijing will live up to a commitment it made to Uzbekistan concerning Huseyin Celil. "
Mr. Celil, who lived in
In violation of international agreements to which it is signatory,
Mr. Celil, 37, is a member of the Uighurs, a Muslim, Turkic-language minority group in
Since his arrest, news of Mr. Celil's condition has often been flimsy at best.
The latest news on his fate arrived in September by way of his sister in
In August, Chinese officials publicly said Mr. Celil was not about to be killed, after his family reported his execution was imminent.
Mr. Celil's case has become a flashpoint in relations between
Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke strongly last week about the man's detention ahead of a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao, and brought up the case during the meeting.
Reached yesterday, Mr. Celil's lawyer in
"My question is, there's a stay of execution -- when was the trial and what was he charged with?" Chris MacLeod said. He wants assurances Mr. Celil has not suffered cruel and unusual punishment.
Mr. MacLeod said he and Mr. Celil's wife had numerous discussions with Canadian officials in the months leading up to Mr. Harper's meeting with Mr. Hu.
"We're glad he brought [Mr. Celil's case] up," Mr. MacLeod said he and Mr. Celil's wife are glad that Mr. Harper discussed the case with Mr. Hu. "It sends a strong message to