IPAC Calls on Ukraine to Block Deportation of Kazakh Asylum Seeker

November 12, 2021

The Presidential Office of Ukraine


11 November 2021

RE: Kazakh asylum seeker at risk of deportation to P. R. China

Dear President Volodymyr Zelensky,

We, Members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), write to you to express our concern about the ongoing case of Yilisen Aierken (Аєркен Їлісен), who is currently seeking asylum in Ukraine.

The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is carrying out a global campaign of threats and intimidation against Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers, Chinese dissidents and other activists abroad. Those extradited or deported to the PRC will not face a fair trial and are at severe risk of persecution, arbitrary detention and torture.

We have strong reason to believe that Yilisen Aierken is a target of political persecution at the hands of the PRC government. We urge you to oppose the deportation of Yilisen Aierken, and to ensure that those targeted by the PRC government are protected from any threats, intimidation and harassment at the hands of the PRC government in your jurisdiction.

As legislators from democratic countries across the world, we have taken great interest in his case and stand ready to advocate on his behalf.

Yours sincerely,

Hon. Irwin Cotler, former Attorney General of Canada

Uffe Elbaek, Member of the Danish Folketing

Pavel Fischer, Member of the Czech Senate

André Gattolin⁩, Member of the French Senate

Kimberley Kitching, Member of the Australian Senate

Elisabet Lann, Deputy Mayor of Gothenburg, Sweden

⁨Tom van der Lee, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives

Miriam Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament

Roberto Rampi, Member of the Italian Senate

Dovilė Šakalienė, Member of the Lithuanian Seimas

Louisa Wall, Member of the New Zealand Parliament

Senator Barry Ward, Member of the Seanad Éireann

Hon. Shiori Yamao, former Member of the Japanese Diet


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