Jan. 23, 2013
China Aid Association
"The wife of jailed Uyghur Christian leader Alimujiang has had her short, monthly visits with her husband severely curtailed, and was to travel to the prison on Wednesday in hopes of seeing her husband, who was sentenced to 15 years in prison because of his religious beliefs.
"Alimujiang is serving his prison term at the Xinjiang No. 3 prison, and his wife, Gulinuer, had been able to visit him once a month for 20 minutes. However, that's now been reduced to once every three months and for only 10 minutes. Alimujiang called her on New Year's Day, saying he hoped that he and their two sons could visit him. They planned to go to the prison on Wednesday and hoped the prison authorities would allow them to visit.
"ChinaAid expresses its shock at this latest persecution of Alimujiang and his family and condemns the Xinjiang authorities for this heartless decision. ChinaAid is deeply suspicious of the administrative abilities of the Xinjiang authorities and of their motivations for this decision, which can only draw negative attention. This combination of weak government administration and its willful violation of the law is a sign that Xinjiang's situation will continue to deteriorate. ChinaAid urges the new Chinese leadership to promote the rule of law by unconditionally releasing Alimujiang as soon as possible."
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