Urgent Action: Kazakh Family at Risk of Torture in Detention (China: UA 4.21)

January 22, 2021

Weilina Muhatai and her two sons, Muheyati Haliyoula and Parisati Haliyoula, have been missing since August 2020. As ethnic Kazakhs living in China’s Xinjiang region, their possible detention is thought to be linked to the activism of their husband and father, who they suspect to have died in detention in December 2020. With no communication or access to them for more than six months, there are grave concerns for the health and wellbeing of Weilina Muhatai, Muheyati Haliyoula and Parisati Haliyoula.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Director Gao Qi
Director of Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture Public Security Bureau
398 Nanhuan Lu, Yining Shi 835000
Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
People’s Republic of China
Fax: +852 8037588
Email: [email protected]
Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 495 2266 I Fax: 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ChineseEmbinUS
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear Director Gao,

I am writing to express my concern for ethnic Kazakh Weilina Muhatai (维丽娜·木哈太) and her two sons, Muheyati Haliyoula (穆哈亚提·哈力尤拉) and Parisati Haliyoula (帕日萨提·哈力尤拉), who all went missing in August 2020. Despite attempts by family members overseas to make contact, there has been no communication with them for more than six months.

I find it distressing to learn that no official information about their whereabouts or condition has been shared at all. Their possible detention is believed to be linked to the activism of their husband and father, who they suspect to have died in a “transformation-through-education” facility in December 2020.

I am gravely concerned about the health and wellbeing of Weilina Muhatai, Muheyati Haliyoula and Parisati Haliyoula. With no contact having yet been made with them to date, and given the repeated allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in violation of international law in Xinjiang’s detention facilities, I believe their safety and lives are at risk.

I call on you to release Weilina Muhatai, Muheyati Haliyoula and Parisati Haliyoula unless there is sufficient, credible and admissible evidence that they committed an internationally recognized offense and are granted a fair trial in line with international standards; and pending their release, disclose the whereabouts of Weilina Muhatai, Muheyati Haliyoula and Parisati Haliyoula and allow them access to their family and lawyers of their choices, as well as prompt and adequate medical care, as necessary or requested.

Yours sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

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