▲ Up
 akipress
08:42 15-11-2018
АКИpress CA-News Tazabek Turmush
ADVERTISE WITH US SUBSCRIBE
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
akipress
Kazakhstan shouldn’t deport asylum seeker to China, Human Rights Watch urges
Central Asia | politics | 15:15, 31 July 2018 | 532
Ethnic-Kazakh Chinese citizen Sayragul Sauytbay in court in Zharkent, Kazkhstan, July, 2018. © 2018 RUSLAN PRYANIKOV/AFP/Getty Images

AKIPRESS.COM - Sayragul Sauytbai, an ethnic Kazakh woman with Chinese citizenship, is one of few people who have dared to speak publicly about China’s abusive “political reeducation” camps across Xinjiang. Earlier this year, Sauytbai fled Xinjiang to Kazakhstan, fearing for her safety. Now she’s at risk of being forcibly returned to China, where she would face detention and possible torture, Human Rights Watch said.

Soon after Sauytbai’s arrival, Kazakh authorities detained her for “illegal border crossing” and put her on trial. If convicted, she could be deported back to China. She has applied for asylum in Kazakhstan.

Sauytbai testified in court that she was a member of the Chinese Communist Party and had worked as a trainer in a government “political education” camp for ethnic Kazakhs and Uyghurs. She testified that the camp was nothing less than a prison. Sauytbai doesn’t deny crossing the border illegally and she told the court she was prepared to serve any sentence – in Kazakhstan. Her lawyer sought a plea deal on those terms, but on July 23, the prosecutor rejected the offer.

China has repeatedly denied that such “political education” camps exist. But Human Rights Watch investigations found that hundreds of thousands of people are being arbitrarily detained, tortured, and subjected to political indoctrination in such facilities across Xinjiang. Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, including ethnic Kazakhs, are being detained simply for having ties to Kazakhstan, such as having family there.

China has made no secret it wants Sauytbai’s return. The Chinese government has demanded her extradition, and consulate representatives attended one of the court hearings.

Sauytbai’s next hearing is August 1. Over the past decade, Human Rights Watch has documented repeatedly that Uyghurs forcibly returned to China disappear and are rarely heard from again.

"Sauytbai fled to Kazakhstan seeking refuge. Kazakhstan should reject Chinese pressure, uphold its international legal obligations as a party to the Refugee Convention, and protect her from the persecution she will undoubtedly face if she is sent back to China," HRW stressed.

LATEST NEWS
17:40 World's most excellent airlines for 2019 revealed17:33 Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan discuss key areas of cooperation17:15 President Jeenbekov receives commanders of CIS border troops16:50 Digital CASA: MP says parliament fears endorsing agreements after power plant breakdown16:45 Parliamentary faction leader suggests probe into leakage of personal information during election campaign16:27 MP gifts 3-storey building for school in remote district of Kyrgyzstan16:20 Kyrgyz athlete wins world weight lifting championship and sets world record16:10 Saudi Arabia to provide $30 million to Kyrgyzstan for construction of schools amid their shortage15:58 Pedestrian tunnel for 28mln soms in Osh region to open in December15:17 Calgary votes against Winter Olympics bid15:04 Kyrgyzstani fighter Altynbek Mamashev new WEF welterweight champion14:45 Construction of new building of Taza Suu municipal enterprise begins in Batken14:40 Court closes 1 case against ex-Bishkek mayor Kubanychbek Kulmatov14:36 Special services of Turkic states discuss situation in Afghanistan, Syria14:35 Campaign in honor of World Diabetes Day starts in Batken14:31 $14.6 million out of $20 million of EDB investment for farm machinery leasing disbursed: Deputy PM14:18 Kyrgyz farmers interested in Belarusian farm machinery14:08 Over 5,000 Kyrgyzstanis have diabetes: Health Ministry14:04 Kyrgyzstan, Turkey discuss military cooperation13:48 ADB allocates $500mln loan to strengthen Turkmenistan's electricity supply and boost regional power trade
© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2018. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)65-03-06