Americans released from Dutch custody

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Michael Horowitz with the rescued Kazakh family
(Photo: ChinaAid source)

(Netherlands—January 11, 2022) Netherlands’ authorities released Michael Horowitz and Dr. Devra Marcus from custody. Both Americans will return to the United States tomorrow. They were initially arrested after successfully rescuing the family of Serikzhan Bilash, a Kazakh human rights leader.   


On January 9, Horowitz and Marcus delivered the family to be processed for asylum. Authorities suspected them of human trafficking and detained them temporarily. Thanks to the help of countless individuals, the situation was resolved, and both Americans can return home safely.


Serikzhan Bilash is the founder of Atajurt, a Kazakh human rights group that advocates for prisoners in Xinjiang concentration camps. His family was under serious threat. Not only have prominent figures threatened their lives, but Serikzhan’s notoriety continued to grow with escalating demonstrations in Kazakhstan last week. As previously reported by ChinaAid, Serikzhan feared his enmity with the Chinese Communist Party put his family at risk in Turkey. 

Serikzhan has not seen his family since leaving Kazakhstan in 2019. 

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