FIDH calls on Morocco not to extradite Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has called on the Moroccan authorities to “cancel” the extradition procedure against the Uyghur, Ydiresi Aishan and to end his detention, given the risk that he will be “tortured”. in China. FIDH also notes that the UN Committee against Torture has not yet ruled on the activist’s case.

In a statement, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and a coalition of human rights NGOs called on Moroccan authorities not to extradite Uyghur activist Yidiresi Aishan, a 35-year-old computer scientist, to China, a year after his imprisonment in Morocco.

They call “to find an alternative solution to the detention of Mr. Aishan which has lasted for a year and which, in the absence of periodic review, individual assessment and valid reasons, may constitute arbitrary detention”indicates the text.

Incarcerated in Tiflet prison, the activist known as Idris Hasan based in Turkey, who was the subject of an Interpol red notice for 4 years, is still being pursued by the Chinese police. Interpol’s red notice was based on accusations of membership in a terrorist organization.

It was canceled on the grounds that it constituted a violation of its statutes and the filing of a request for refugee status with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

But the Rabat Court of Cassation issued a favorable opinion on the extradition request on December 15, rejecting the Uyghur’s defense arguments that he risked being “tortured” by China because of his political opinions, and that he will not receive a fair trial” in China since it is a “human rights activist of the Muslim Uyghur people”.

“One year after his arrest at Casablanca airport, activist Yidiresi Aishan (…) remains under threat of extradition to China, where serious grounds suggest he risks being subjected to torture”indicates for its part the FIDH.

The National Council for Human Rights, an official institution, had also requested that Yidiresi Aishan not be extradited, despite the fact that China and Morocco are bound by an extradition agreement.

According to FIDH, the extradition of Yidiresi Aishan would only depend on the issuance of an extradition decree by the head of the Moroccan government, Aziz Akhannouch.

But“the ratification of such a decree would contradict Morocco’s international commitments” believes FIDH, which cites the Convention against Torture, which provides in its article 3 that “no State Party shall expel, return or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he or she would be in danger of being subjected to torture”.

The Federation further recalls that the UN Committee against Torture sent the Moroccan authorities a request for an interim measure on 20 December 2021 to“not to extradite the applicant [Aishan] to China while his request is being examined by the Committee”.

His file is still being examined by the UN Committee, which has not yet made a final decision.

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