List of Uyghur Intellectuals Imprisoned in China From 2016 To The Present


Medical researchers and doctors
1. Halmurat Ghopur, (M) Former rector of Xinjiang Medical University, head of XUAR Medical Oversight Bureau, physician, PhD
2. Abbas Es’et, (M) Instructor at Xinjiang Medical University, physician, PhD
3. Nurmemet, Emet (M) Head of Uyghur Traditional Medicine Dept., Xinjiang Medical University
4. EnwerTokhti, (M) Instructor at Uyghur Traditional Medicine Dept., Xinjiang Medical University
5. AlimPettar, (M) Instructor at Xinjiang Medical University, physician, PhD
6. PerhatBekhti, (M) Vice Rector of hospital attached to Xinjiang Medical University
7. AbduqeyumTewekkul, (M) Physician, Kashgar Prefectural People’s Hospital
8. EnwerAbdukérim, (M0 Physician, Kashgar Prefectural People’s Hospital
9. HusenHesen (M) physician, Kucha Uyghur Medicine Hospital
10. EbeydullaHesen (M) physician, XUAR Uyghur Medicine Hospital
11. Tahir Hesen (M), physician, Kucha people’s hospital
12. NejibullaAblat (M) cardiologist, Kashgar NO:2 people’s Hospital.
13, DolqunTursun (M), XUAR department of preventive medical.
14. Ilham Imam (M), ENT specialist, XUAR medical University hospital
15. Gulshen Abbas (F) doctor XUAR…hospital

University instructors
1. ErkinAbdurehim (Oghuz), (M) Professor, Kashgar University, retired
2. Metréhim Haji, (M) Professor, Kashgar University
3. EnwerIsma’il, (M) Associate Professor, Kashgar University
4. EnwerQadir, (M ) Associate Professor, Kashgar University
5. Gülnaz Obul, (F) Professor, Kashgar University
6. Erkin Ömer, (M) Professor, Kashgar University, school principal
7. Mukhter Abdughopur, (M)Instructor, Kashgar University
8. Qurban Osman, (M) Instructor, Kashgar University
9. Ablajan Abduwaqi, (M) Professor, Kashgar University; chair, Mathematics Department
10. Rahile Dawut, (F) Professor, Xinjiang University; PhD
11. Arslan Abdulla, (M) Former dean, Philology Institute, Xinjiang University; Professor; Head of XUARPeople’s Government Cultural Advisors‘ Office
12. Abdukérim Rahman, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University
13. Gheyretjan Osman, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University
14. Tashpolat Téyip, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University; school principal
15. Alim Ehet, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University; Developer of UyghurSoft software suite
16. Dilmurat Tursun, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
17. Batur Eysa, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
18. Rehim Rehmitulla, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
19. Erkin Imirbaqi, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
20. NurbiyeYadikar, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang University
21. Nebijan Hebibulla, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
22. Asiye Muhemmedsalih, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang University
23. Abdusalam Ablimit, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
24. Abdubesir Shükri, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; Dean, Philology Institute, Xinjiang Normal University
25.AbduqadirJalalidin, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; poet,
26. Jemile Saqi, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang Education Institute, PhD; wife of AbduqadirJalalidin
27. Yunus Ebeydulla , (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University
28. Ababekri Abdureshit, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
29. Nur’eli Shahyaqup, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
30. Nurmuhemmet Ömer (Uchqun), (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
31. Kamil Metréhim, (M) Chair, Pedagogical Institute, Ürümchi Vocational University; professor
32. Arzugül Tashpolat, (F) Lecturer, Xinjiang Engineering Institute; Arrested together with husband EkremTursun
33. Zulpiqar Barat (Özbash), (M) Former instructor, Xinjiang University; PhD
34. Nijat Ablimit, (M) Instructor, Kashgar University
35. Dilmurat Ghopur, (M) Vice Rector, Xinjiang University

36. Abduréhim Rahman, (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang University; PhD; husband of Ruqiye Osman
37. Ruqiye Osman, (F) Administrator, Xinjiang University Library; wife of Abduréhim Rahman
38. Imam, the computer center of Xinjiang University.
39. Weli Barat, (M) Former dean of Xinjiang University.
40. Mutellip SidiqQahiri (M) associate professor, Kashgar University.
41. Enwer Sidiq (M), Lecturer of physics, Xinjiang Normal University
42. NijatSopi, (M) Professor, Ili Teachers College; PhD; chair, Literature Dept
43. Barat Tursunbaqi, (M) Former rector, Hotan Teachers College [Dazhuan]
44. Ablet Abdurishit (Berqi), (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang Education Institute; PhD; poet
45. Khalmurat Eysajan, (M) Instructor, Ili Pedagogical Institute
46. Ömerjan Nuri, (M) Instructor, Hotan Teachers College [Dazhuan]
47. Azat Sultan, (M) Chair, XUAR Literature and Arts Union; Chair, Xinjiang Writers Association; Professor; Literature expert
High & middle School Teachers
1. Ablajan Memet, (M) Konisheher Number one High school.
2. Ehmetjan Jume (M), Konisheher Number one high school
3. Sajidigul Ayup (F) Konisheher Number one high school.
4. Abla Memet (M) former principal of Kucha NO:1 high school, reworded in 2017 in chemistry.
5. Niyaz Imin, (M) Former teacher, Kucha County NO:1 Middle School
6. Ekrem Islam, (M) Vice Principal, Sanji City NO:3 Middle School
7. Dilraba Kamil, (F) Instructor, Ürümchi 92 Middle School
8. Tursunjan Hézim, (M) Instructor, Aqsu 1 Middle School
9. Ablet Shemsi, (M) Instructor, Kucha County Ishkhala Village Middle School
10. AdilTursun, (M) Vice Principal, senior teacher, Kashgar Old City County 1 Middle School; National-Level Expert
11. Shahip Abdusalam (Nurbeg), (M) Instructor, KelpinCounty 1 Middle School; poet
12. Zohre Niyaz (Sayramiye), (F) Instructor, Bay County Sayram Village Middle School; poet
13. TurdiTuniyaz, (M) Former Principal, Ürümchi City Experimental Middle School
14. AlimYawa, (M) Former instructor, Peyzawat County Güllük Village Middle School; poet
15. Ilham Tahir, (M) Teacher (fired), middle school attached to Kashgar Normal University; son of Tahir Talip

Journalists, Editors and publishers
1. Ablikim Hesen, (M) Head of Uyghur Department and senior editor, Xinjiang Youth Press;
2. Yalqun Rozi, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press,
3. Qadir Arslan, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
4. Mahibeder Mekhmut, (F) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
5. Ayshem Peyzulla, (F) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
6. Tahir Nasir, (M) Former head, former assistant head editor, Xinjiang Education Press; XUAR People’s Government education inspector
7. Wahitjan Osman, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press, poet
8. Erkin Muhemmet, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
9. Ekber Sirajidin, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
10. Yasin Zilal, (M) Head editor, „Tarim“ Journal; poet
11. Abdurakhman Ebey, (M) Former chief, former senior editor, Xinjiang People’s Press
12. Ekhmetjan Mömin (Tarimi), (M) Senior editor, Xinjiang People’s Press
13. Qurban Mamut, (M) Former head editor, former senior editor, „Xinjiang Culture“ Journal
14. IlhamWeli, (M) Chair, senior editor, „Xinjiang Gazette“ Uyghur Editorial Department
15. Mirkamil Ablimit, (M) Vice Chair, senior editor, „Xinjiang Gazette“ Uyghur Editorial
16. Memtimin Obul, (M) Editor, „Xinjiang Gazette“ Uyghur Editorial Department
17. Jür’et Haji, (M) Editor, „Xinjiang Gazette“ Uyghur Editorial Department
18. Erkin Tursun, (M) Editor, director, Ili Television Station
19. Abduréhim Abdulla, (M) Senior editor, Xinjiang Audiovisual Press; poet
20. Enwer Qutluq (Nezeri), (M) Editor, Xinjiang Television Station; poet
21. Qeyser Qéyum, (M) Editor in Chief, „Literary Translations“ Journal Committed suicide. Jumped off eighth floor of his office building after a police summons rather than face probable detention in the camps.
22. Mirzahit Kérimi, (M) Former editor (retired), Kashgar Uyghur Press; writer
23. Mehmutjan Khoja (Ümidwar), (M) Editor, „Xinjiang Youth“ Journal; poet
24. Ablajan Siyit, (M) Vice head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press
25. Osman Zunun, (M) Former head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press, retired
26. Abliz Ömer, (M) Former head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press, retired
27. Osman Ehet (M) music editor, Qarluq electronic
28. Erkin Ibrahim (peyda) (M) publisher, CEO of ogen publishing company.
29.Chimen’gül Awut, (F) Senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Publishers; poet
30. Tahir Talip, (M) Senior editor, „Kashgar Daily,“ poet, public figure
31. KhalideIsra’il, (F) Editor, „Xinjiang Gazette,“ retired; writer
51. Méhrigül Tahir, (F) Instructor, Kashgar Preschool Teachers Training School; daughter of Tahir Talip
52. Abdurahman Abdurehim (M) Kashgar Uyghur press, editor
53. Memetjan Abliz Boriyar (M), Kashgar Uyghur Press, editor, writer
54. Memet Sidiq (M), Kashgar Uyghur Press
55. Anargul Hekim, (F), Kashgar Uyghur Press
56. Guzelnur Qasim (F), Kashgar Uyghur Press
57. Mahinur Hamut, (F) Kashgar Uyghur Press
58. Erkin Emet (M), Head of Kashgar Uyghur Press
59. Emrulla Enwer (M) Kashgar Uyghur Press

Poets, Writers and scholars
1. PerhatTursun, (M) Researcher, XUAR People’s Arts Center; PhD; writer, poet
2. Abbas Muniyaz, (M) Professional writer, XUAR Writers‘ Association
3. Muhter Helil Bughra (M), Poet, XUAR TV Station
4. Idris Nurulla, (M) Independent translator, poet
5. Qasimjan Osman (Ghazi), (M) Civil servant, Peyzawat County Party Committee Propaganda Department; poet
6. YasinJanSadiq (choghlan) (M) writer, XUAR writers association
7. Osman Hoshur (M), Writer, participant of Uyghur textbook.
8. Memet Emet chopani, Writer, poet
9. Ibrahim Alptekin (M) poet, publisher, Artush
10. AbduqadirJüme, (M) Independent translator, poet
11. Nezire Muhemmedsalih, (F) Independent writer; wife of AdiljanTuniyaz; daughter of MuhemmedsalihHajim
12. Muhemmedsalih Hajim, (M) Researcher, Nationalities Research Institute, Xinjiang Social Science Academy, retired; translator of the Quran into Uyghur; religious scholar and translator; died at age 84 in a camp; father of Nezire Muhemmedsalih
13. Memet’éliAbdurehim, (M ) Former head of XUAR Language Committee, retired
14. Tahir Abduweli, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
15. Alimjan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
16. Na’iljanTurghan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
17. Küresh Tahir, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; son of Tahir Talip
18. Abdurazaq Sayim, (M) Vice Head of Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; senior researcher
19. Gheyret Abdurahman, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; Vice Head, Language Institute, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy
20. Abduqéyum Mijit, (M) Researcher, Ethnic Culture Research Institute, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy
21. SajideTursun, (F ) Postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious Diversity in Gottingen, Germany
22. Abbas Burhan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Education Department; Vice Principal, Ürümchi City 10 Elementary School
23. Ablimit, (M) Independent researcher of Uyghur classical literature; PhD
24. Gulbahar Eziz, Writer, poet, Lwyer.
25. AdiljanTuniyaz, (M) Former staff, Xinjiang People’s Radio Station; poet; husband of Nezire Muhemmedsalih
26. Dilmurat Tursun (M) researcher, Urumchi municipal education department,
27. Adil Rishit (M) researcher, XUAR education press
28. Tursunjan Muhemmet Marshal, website editor, Writer

Actors,directors, Hosts, singers
1. Mekhmutjan Sidiq, (M) Director, Xinjiang Television Station
2. Ekhmetjan Metrozi, (M) Technician, Xinjiang Television Station
3. Qeyum Muhemmet, (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang Art Institute; actor; host ; husband of Aynur Tash
4. Aynur Tash, (F) Ürümchi People’s Radio Station, retired for health reasons; wife of QéyumMuhemmet
5. Erkin Tursun, (M) Editor, director, Ili Television Station
6. Es’et Éziz, (M) Chief, Ürümchi People’s Radio Station Uyghur Editorial Department
7. ZulpiqarKöresh, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Television Station; singer
8. Abdurehim Heyit (M) singer
9. Zulpiqar Koresh (M) host, XUAR TV station
10. ReshideDawut (F) singer, XUAR theater
11. Adi lMijit (M) comedian, XUAR Theater
12. SenewerTursun (F) singer, XUAR theater
13. Gulshen Memettursun, Host XUAR TV station
14, Ablet Zeydin (M) XUAR TV station, editor
15. Peride Mamut (M), singer, actor
16. Zahirshah Ablimit (M) singer
17. Ablajan Awut Ayup (M) singer

Computer engineers
1. Qeyser Abdukerim (M), computer engineer, poet.
2. Metyasin Metqurban (M) Bilkan electronic company, CEO, computer engineer
3. PerhatZahir (M) computer engineer
4. AbdurahmanMemetabla (M) computer engineer, CEO, Rawanyol electronic company.
5. Nurshat (M) Graphic designer, Qarluq Electronic Company
6. Abletjan Ismail (M), Creator of Yaltapan software, IT engineer of XUAR Government website,
7. Sirajidin Qarluq (M), Qarluq electronic, co, ltd,
8. AmannisaQemirdin (F) accountant, Qarluq electronic,
9. ReyhangulMehmut (F)graphic designer, Qarluq electronic
10. YusupEhmet (M) graphic designer, Qarluq electronic
11. Emetjan, (M) Qutlan Electronic Company, computer engineer
12. Mukhtar Rozi, (M) Computer expert; programmer
13. Ekber Eset (M) Website designer, CEO, Bagdax electronic
14. 5. Dilshat Perhat (Ataman), (M) Founder, „Diyarim“ Website

1. Nijat Memtimin, (M) Employee, Kashgar Prefectural Government Information Office; photographer
2. Mutellipjan Memtimin, (M) Owner, „Kashgar White Steed Photo Studio“; photographer

1. AblimitAblikim, (M) MA student, Shanghai Arts Institute
2. Arzugül Abdurehim, (F) Received MA in Japan
3. Abdurishit Imin (M) XUAR department of agriculture
4. Gülbahar Éziz, (F) Civil servant, XUAR Prison Administration Office; psychology counselor; lawyer
6. Ghalip Rahman, (M) vice chief, Urumchi municipal court, Judge.

Supplement: imprisoned intellectuals from other minority nationalities of Xinjiang
1. QabilqanSadiq, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press; Kyrgyz
2. EsqerJunus, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; Kyrgyz
3. HörmetjanAbdurahman (Fikret), (M) Professor, Xinjiang University; Uzbek
4. MambetTurdi, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; literary critic; Kyrgyz
5.Abdurahman Eziz (M) Writer, Ermudun, Yengisheher, Kashgar, Kyrgiz


1. This list is composed of prominent Uyghur intellectuals whose imprisonment has been confirmed by the Uyghur diaspora outside China. The imprisonment of some individuals on the list has been investigated by Radio Free Asia; the imprisonment of the other intellectuals listed here has been confirmed by other reliable sources.

2. While considerable care has been taking in compiling and checking the list, obstacles have nonetheless been considerable, given the information blockade imposed on Xinjiang (Eastern Turkistan) by the Chinese government. As a result, there may be errors in the list. We ask readers’ help in correcting any such issues, compiling further information on the individuals listed herein, and adding other detained intellectuals to the list.

3. It is clear that the number of detained intellectuals greatly exceeds the number listed here. This list—and other lists of detained individuals—will be continually revised and expanded.(Weli Ayup)

(Last up-dated on January 1st, 2019)

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