Chimengül Awut

Awut, an award-winning poet and editor at Kashgar Publishing House, was reportedly arrested in July 2018. She was sent without a trial to a “re-education camp” after her involvement… 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

Abliz Ömer

Ömer, a retired editor-in-chief, was arrested and detained in a sweep of staff at Uyghur-run Kashgar Publishing House in 2017 after the Chinese government declared that its books contained… More

Wahitjan Osman

Osman was arrested without charge in 2018 and is currently detained in one of the many Uyghur re-education camps. There is no known date set for his trial; others… More

Ablajan Siyit

Siyit, the deputy editor-in-chief of the Uyghur-run Kashgar Publishing House, was detained in a sweep of arrests in 2018 for his role in the publication of books deemed “problematic”… More

Yasin Zilal

Yasin Zilal is a poet and the editor of Tarim, a monthly Uyghur literary magazine. In 2018, Zilal was arrested without charge and detained in a concentration camp as… More

Writers at Risk Database

Kunchok Tsephel Gopey Tsang

Founder of Tibetan literary website Chomei, Kunchok Tsephel was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for disclosing state secrets; though, the precise reasons for the… More

Xue Deyun Ma Zhe

A leader of the Guizhou cultural revival movement, which called for increased literary freedom in China, Xue was jailed from 1987-90 and again from 1998-2001 for attempting to overthrow… More

Writers at Risk Database

Rezaul Karim Siddique

On April 23, 2016, Siddique was murdered by Islamic militants. While his death by machete was similar to other secular bloggers, Siddique was not publicly critical of Islam and… More