Nagyz Muhammed

Muhammed, who worked in Altay’s State Intangible Cultural Heritage Office in Xinjiang, was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison for separatism in 2018. His family only found… More

Gheyret Abdurahman

Uyghur scholar Abdurahman was detained in March 2018 after translating Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan’s book Red Sorghum because it was deemed “politically sensitive.” Abdurahman’s arrest came five years… More

Perhat Tursun

Tursun is a renowned Uyghur writer of poetry, prose, and novels. He was denounced as anti-Islamic in the late 1990s for his work's themes of suicide, sexuality, and mental… More

Abdukerim Rahman

Media reports indicate that Rahman, a renowned academic specializing in Uyghur folklore, was arrested in January 2018 and sent to a political re-education camp. No information about his current… More

Yolqan Rozi

Rozi was initially arrested in December 2016 for “attempting to incite separatism,” resulting in the loss of his pension. In 2019, he appeared in a propaganda film which stated… More

Tashpolat Tiyip

Tiyip disappeared in 2017 at Beijing airport after being stopped by authorities. It is rumored that Tiyip was secretly convicted of separatism and sentenced to death, but his family… More

Tohti Tunyaz Muzart

A Uyghur research historian based in Japan, Tunyaz was arrested in 1998 for publishing his book The Inside Story of the Silk Road after analyzing primary sources in Xinjiang.… More

Gulmira Imin

Imin, a poet and Uyghur-language website moderator from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for "splittism, leaking state secrets, and organizing an illegal… More

Abduqadir Jalaleddin

Jalaleddin was arrested from his home in January 2018. Authorities provided no reason for his arrest and have not brought public charges against him. He is believed to be… More

Hailaite Niyazi Hairat, or Gheyret Niyaz

A former reporter and columnist, Niyazi also managed the Uyghurbiz website and had publicly criticized government policies toward Uyghurs. After a one-day sham trial in 2010, he was convicted… More