UN working group on arbitrary detention holds that Uyghur family of four are unlawfully detained

Justice Abroad is instructed to push for the release of Abdurashid Tohti, 56 years old, his wife, Tajigul Qadir, aged 51, as well as their sons, Mohamed Ali Abdurashid, aged 30, and Ametjan Abdurashid. This Uyghur family has been unlawfully arrested and transferred into China’s vast network of camps because other members of the family live abroad in the United States of America and Turkey.

In September 2020, Justice Abroad made submissions to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) and received a reply from the Working Group following its 93rd session.

In its decision, the Working Group concluded that:

  • the arrests and the subsequent detention of the family members are arbitrary;
  • they have been deprived of their right to a fair and public trial;
  • there was no legal basis for the arrests; and that
  • the arrest and detention of the four individuals was discriminatory and therefore in violation of article 2 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as it was based on them belonging to the Uyghur ethnicity and being of Muslim faith.

Further, the Working Group stated that they were disturbed by the total secrecy which surrounds the fate and whereabouts of this family and concluded that:

In the light of the foregoing, the Working Group renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Abdurashid Tohti, Tajigul Qadir, Ametjan Abdurashid, and Mohamed Ali Abdurashid, being in contravention of articles 2, 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is arbitrary and falls within categories I, III and V.

The Working Group concluded that considering all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate remedy is for the release of Mr. Abdurashid Tohti, Ms. Tajigul Qadir, Mr. Ametjan Abdurashid, and Mr Mohamed Abdurashid immediately

The Working Group’s decision can be found here – https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/2022-06/A-HRC-WGAD-2022.-6-CHN-AEV.pdf

Previous statements about this case can be found here:

Previous Press coverage of this matter can be found here:

On social media we are using the hashtag #FreeNursFamily. Justice Abroad can be found on Twitter here, Facebook here, and LinkedIn here.

Media requests for interviews with Michael Polak or members of the Abdurashid family can be accommodated in any language requested and should be made by contacting Justice Abroad by email at contact@JusticeAbroad.co.uk or phone on +44 (0)203 488 2316.

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  1. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 20, 2022

    Well, this is another cause which Roosevelt Chichi Royer Skerrit that damn corrupted crook should fight Communist China over, he should not have any difficulty finding Chines in Dominica to go into the streets of Roseau with Dominica flag to demonstrate against against China where the murder people also everyday.

    On the other hand since Xi Jinping; or Wanping sits and eat dog meat together, when they drinking dog soup, all Roosevelt have to do is demand Wanping set the man and his son free!

    And nobody can tell me Chines don’t eat dog meat; cause I know they do!
    Dear doctor Punjab Sir Knight crooked Roosevelt Mountain Chicken Mentality, since you can fight America for Cuba, you can fight China too.

    Let me remind you Atlas intended to carry the world on his back, he placed it on his back and could not walk, that sucker still standing in one place weighed down with the world on his back!

  2. Ibo France
    July 19, 2022

    It is many thousands of Uyghurs who are wrongfully arrested in China and put into concentrated camps to do hard labour.

    Yet, the Chinese ambassador is given free reign to publish his sweet lies and sumptuous propaganda about utopia in China on DNO. DNO not only posts the falsehoods of the Chinese ambassador but adamantly defends its rights to do this..

    Dominica has no mutual relationship with China just as an elephant would have no mutual relationship with an ant. That is foolhardy.

    ADMIN: Don’t you realize that it is the same principle (of free expression) that allows both you and the ambassador to post on DNO? To remove his right is to effectively remove yours as well.

    Free speech is not, cannot, be about allowing only the views you agree with.

    So, yes, we do defend his right to free expression as well as yours (they are the same right under our constitution).

    If you fundamentally disagree with any statements you have the opportunity to point out why you think they are wrong rather than attempting to silence the messenger.

  3. hmm
    July 19, 2022

    But China is our friend and they can do no wrong. They just want to help poor countries. Besides they already [allegedly] have thousands of Uyghurs in concentration camps what’s four more? Just be glad they didn’t euthanize them to harvest their organs like the crazy conspiracy theorists say they do

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