Seeking Help in China

Seeking Help in China

Published: Wednesday, 05/13/2009 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 01/15/2013 2:34 pm EST

The government has turned to a U.S. businessman in the hopes that he can secure the release of Uyghur-Canadian Husayin Celil from a prison in Northeastern China, the Globe and Mail reported. John Kamm is an activist who has secured the release of other dissidents through "respectful but persistent inquiries with Chinese officials at all levels." Three weeks ago, Mr. Kamm met with Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. Mr. Celil, a part of the Muslim minority, was sentenced to life in prison in 2006 after being convicted of terrorism charges.

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