Free my sister & nephew. They're trapped in China by inhumane travel bans. 请还这对马来西亚母子自由。
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Set my sister & nephew free. They are trapped in China by inhumane travel bans
My sister, Cheng Chau Yang, and her 8-year old son, have been trapped in China for close to 2 years now. They are BOTH Malaysians.
They have not broken any laws.
Lack of transparency
They have not been given any formal documentation on details of the bans, nor was the Malaysian Embassy notified about the bans.
My sister and son have been the victims of parental child-abduction
Previously, my sister’s former husband (“X”) and his family had abducted the child twice (the second abduction lasted 820 days), and attempted a violent abduction just outside the court’s premises on 15th January, 2016, in flagrant disobedience of the custody order. The third (attempted) abduction took place after X attended a court-supervised visitation of my nephew.
Despite these behaviors, X has successfully imposed the travel bans on my sister and nephew.
During the 8 months when X ignored the court order to hand over the child, the court repeatedly told my sister that they could not do much to uphold my sister’s custodial rights, and asked her to put in more effort herself.
They can be trapped in China for the next 10 years
The court has verbally told my sister that X has the right to renew these bans till the son turns 18, so as to ensure his weekly access right. However, X has refused to see the child despite my sister’s repeated invitation and numerous proposals.
Impact of these travel bans
My sister and nephew’s basic right to freedom of movement have been deprived.
They can’t come home to visit our ailing 94-year old grandma and relatives, they can’t visit us during Chinese New Year and other major festivals, my sister’s livelihood is affected as she cannot attend meetings outside of China, and my nephew is deprived of the opportunities to attend study or holiday trips. This is inhumane!
These bans contravene UN International Conventions
The travel bans that prevent these two foreigners from leaving China are a mistake. They have to be, as they contravene multiple UN International Conventions that China is a signatory of, chief among them Article 10 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Article 15 on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Will you help us?
I am a distraught sister of Chau Yang.
We have exhausted all channels of appeal in China, but have received no formal reply.
Will you help to set my sister and nephew free in China? Every signature and share will bring them closer to freedom.
Our family has made a movie about Chau Yang's long eventful journey.
"Mama on a Mission" 《我妈妈有个使命》. https://youtu.be/lqQh98NDEXw
Please feel free to share it. 请分享。
- President of People’s Republic of China.
H.E. Xi Jinping.
- Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Malaysia
H.E. Ambassador Huang Huikang
Please return freedom of movement to Cheng Chau Yang and her son, both Malaysians. They have broken no law. The travel bans are a mistake.
Kindly help address and revisit this administrative oversight.
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