Turkey: Chinese Muslims’ deportation protest is backed by European Court

The badge of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, who the group are believed to have links to.

The badge of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, who the group are believed to have links to.

A protest in Turkey by five Chinese nationals facing deportation has this week received support from the European Court.

The Chinese Muslims, who have been faced with deportation from Turkey, believe that they will become targets for arrest and prosecution in China for their political and religious beliefs.

During a 2008 joint operation between Chinese Authorities and the Turkish intelligence services four of the individuals in question were arrested after raids on their homes. The group are suspected of being members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, who have been labelled a terrorist group by China and the United States. The ETIM have previously been linked with attempted attacks in China and Turkey during the 2008 Beijing olympics.

3 of the 5 in question are currently residing in Turkey, where the appeal against deportation was first raised.

Support from the European Court came after the appeal against deportation raised concerns over the group’s human rights. Currently none of the 5 have been prosecuted with any crimes and it is thought that returning to China will put them under a severe of human rights violations.

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