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Appeal on Indian government to release Uyghur siblings detained since 2013

CUS Press Release

For Immediate Release

June 11, 2023



On the 10th year anniversary of their detention, the Center for Uyghur Studies (CUS) wants to draw the attention of the international community and in particular the Indian authorities to the ordeal of three Uyghur siblings who fled to Kashmir from China’s persecution and have been under the custody of Indian immigration authorities since 2013. The Uyghur siblings: Adil, Abdulhaliq and Salam were 16, 18 and 20 years old respectively when they fled China after some of their relatives were detained by the Chinese regime, according to their lawyer.

The siblings crossed the border when they had no other option available to them to escape from the persecution of the Chinese authorities. Moreover, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) that detained the siblings initially did not find anything against them except that they crossed the border illegally. However, their case remains unresolved after a decade-long predicament. This issue requires urgent attention of the Indian government to bring an end to their plight.

CUS calls on the Indian authorities to safeguard the principles outlined in international law, particularly those related to human rights and humanitarian considerations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, emphasize the importance of safeguarding and protecting the fundamental rights and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their immigration status. The prolonged detention of the young Uyghurs who have only fled China to find safety in a third country, is detrimental to their well-being and future. The genocide the Uyghur people are facing in their homeland is no  longer a secret to the world. In lieu of this reality, the Indian government must ensure that the siblings will not be deported to China.

Executive Director Abdulhakim Idris said, “While we acknowledge the need for the Indian authorities to maintain and enforce immigration laws, we urge them to consider the unique circumstances surrounding the Uyghur siblings’ situation. The Indian authorities must ensure that they do not deport the siblings to China, where they will face imminent persecution and threat to their lives. Furthermore, we call upon the Indian government to take a humanitarian and compassionate approach to their case, free them from the prolonged detention and grant them an opportunity to rebuild their lives.”

Finally, CUS stresses that by providing an opportunity to the young Uyghurs, India would demonstrate its commitment to upholding humanitarian values and fulfilling its international obligations. It would also contribute to the promotion of human rights and democracy for the Uyghurs as a whole.

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