Abdurehim Heyit

Heyit, who performs Uyghur folk songs on traditional instruments, disappeared in 2017 and was rumored to be dead. In 2019, a video was released of Heyit in custody. Some… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ablajan Awut Ayup Ablajan

Award-winning musician Ablajan, who has written more than 400 songs, is known for promoting Uyghur culture and identity while building a bridge with Han Chinese culture through his bilingual… More

Akbar Imin

Imin, a student of Ilham Tohti, was arrested for his involvement with Tohti’s website Uyghurbiz, which promotes mutual ethnic understanding. He was sentenced to 25 years for "forming a… More

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Rahile Dawut

Dawut, whose academic research focuses on Uyghur folklore and Islamic sacred sites across Xinjiang, was reportedly last heard from in December 2017. There is limited information about the prison… More

Mutellip Imin

Imin, a student of Ilham Tohti, was arrested for his involvement with Tohti’s website Uyghurbiz, which promotes mutual ethnic understanding. He was sentenced in a 2014 secret trial and… More

Omerjan Hasan Omerjan Hasan Bozqir

Hasan, who has published books and articles aimed at the promotion of equal civil and political rights for Uyghurs, was arrested in April 2016 and reportedly sentenced to fifteen… More

Haji Mirzahid Kerimi

Kerimi, former Kashgar Publishing House staff, was arrested and detained for his role in publishing books deemed “problematic” for their “improper” political content, and was handed an 11-year sentence.… More

Luo Yuwei

Luo, a student of Ilham Tohti, was arrested for his involvement with Tohti’s website Uyghurbiz, which promotes mutual ethnic understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. He was sentenced in… More

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Qurban Mamut

Mamut, who had worked with Uyghur-run cultural publications for over four decades, disappeared in 2017 after visiting his exiled son in the United States. Authorities told Mamut’s son that… More

Shoret Nijat

Nijat, a student of Ilham Tohti, was arrested for his involvement with Tohti’s website Uyghurbiz, which promotes mutual ethnic understanding between Uyghurs and Han Chinese. He was sentenced in… More