Top 10 Uyghur prisoners in China
Human Rights Without Frontiers Int'l, Brussels, Belgium
June 22, 2008
- Alim Abdureyim
Son of Rebiya Kadeer, aged 31. Originally detained on May 30, 2006.
Severely beaten by police on June 1, 2006. Arraigned on Monday, July
10, 2006 on charges of tax evasion and "attempting to split the
state". Charged on June 13, 2006 with tax evasion as a result of an
investigation into the family business. Reportedly tortured while in
detention. Reported to have 'confessed' on or around July 1 to
criminal and political charges against him as a direct consequence of
Son of Rebiya Kadeer, charged with "subversion". Originally detained
on May 30, 2006. Severely beaten by police on June 1, 2006. No new
information is available on the legal status nor the physical
well-being of Ablikim Abdureyim, who was hospitalized in early June
following the police beating.
Son of Rebiya Kadeer, aged 42. Officially charged with tax evasion on
June 13, 2006, at which time he was forcibly transported from Aksu to
Urumqi. Arraigned on Monday, July 10, 2006 on charges of tax evasion.
Uyghur writer sentenced to 11 years' imprisonment by the Urumqi
Intermediate People's Court on March 10, 1999, for "stealing state
secrets" and engaging in "splittist activities". Tunyaz was in East
Turkestan on a trip home from Japan to do research for his doctoral
Canadian citizen extradited from Uzbekistan to China in June 2006.
Celil was detained in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, in March 2006,
while visiting his wife's relatives. He was traveling on a Canadian
passport when he was detained.
China maintains that Celil is "a Chinese citizen suspected of being
involved in East Turkestan terrorist activities," and says his case is
being tried and a verdict has not yet been reached. Celil was wanted
in China for his involvement in a campaign for the rights of the
country's minority Muslim Uyghurs. He was arrested in China and
tortured, but escaped from prison in 2000 and fled to Uzbekistan and
Turkey before reaching Canada, where he was given citizenship.
Chinese Public Security agents arrested Nurmemet Yasin for publishing
an article in a local literary journal in Kashgar, East Turkestan. On
January 15th, 2005, the Radio Free Asia (RFA) Uyghur Service reported
that a local police officer in Kashgar confirmed Yasin's arrest during
a telephone interview. The officer said that Nurmemet Yasin had been
arrested three and a half months earlier "for spreading separatist
On August 1, 2005, authorities in Xinjiang arrested Aminan Momixi, a
Uyghur Muslim religious instructor, along with 37 of her students.
Aminan Momixi was teaching the Koran to students between the ages of 7
and 20 in her home when police rushed in. They accused Momixi of
"illegally possessing religious materials and subversive historical
information" and reportedly denied her access to a lawyer.
Yusuf Kadir Tohti (also known as Erdagan)
(Presumed to have been sent back to China.) Aged 35. Yusuf Kadir Tohti
reportedly fled China for Kazakstan in 1996, and became a religious
teacher. He was reportedly arrested on March 8, 2006 by the Kazakstani
authorities. The Chinese authorities have reportedly accused him of
"separatism" and asked for his extradition.
(Presumed to have been sent back to China.) Aged 30. Abdukadir Sidik
fled the XUAR in 1999 after he publicly protested against the Chinese
authorities' policy on minorities. He was reportedly detained for two
months in connection with his political activities and views. After
his release, Abdukadir Sidik reportedly filed a complaint against a
local official. After he submitted his complaint, the official
reportedly came to his house, beat him and threatened him with further
punishment. It was after this that Abdukadir Sidik, reportedly fearing
for his safety, fled China and was detained by Kazakstani border
officials when crossing the border. He was charged by the Kazakstani
authorities with illegally crossing the border and sentenced to six
Mehmet Tohti Abduqadir
Mehmet Tohti Abduqadir, 39 years old, from Qatqa village, Tavakkul
district of Hotan Prefecture. Suspected in contacts with Abla Ebey.
Sentenced to 17 years' imprisonment for "instigation of
anti-government activities". Arrested in February 2001.