Pezilet Ekber, a 19 year old Uighur student has been sentenced to death charged for participating in Uighur Demonstrations, described as ‘ethnic riots’ during the 2009 Urumqi unrest.
The decision has come as a result of a secret trial in April 2010, therefore rendering any information about the details of Ekber’s case; unknown. Officials at Urumqi Intermediate Court which passed her sentence, have refused to provide any information to reporters.Undoubtedly, Ekber’s foul treatment under the law has been fuelled due to her familial and cultural background. This is indicative of the Uighur community’s continued struggle for recognition of their freedoms, rights and human dignity in the face of perpetual gross human rights violations.
Restless Beings is a humanitarian organisation seeking to provide a voice for voiceless, marginalised and silenced communities around the world. The plight of the Uighur community is a central focus for Restless Beings and in light of this, is striving to maximise awareness of Ekber's situation, lobby for more information on her case and to campaign against this gross miscarriage of justice.This is a call for action in the name of fair trial, due legal process and governmental transparency. Where everyone is equal before the law with no fear of discrimination based on race, religion, gender, culture or any other difference.
For believers in truth, democracy, justice and freedom; please share this information on Pezilet Ekber's situation, so she and every other individual persecuted and oppressed, past or present gains solace in the fact; the world knows and they have not been forgotten.
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