List of Uyghur intellectuals imprisoned in China from 2016 to the present

(Last updated on November 14th 2018)



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  1. Khalmurat 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, (M) Head of Uyghur Traditional Medicine Dept., Xinjiang Medical University
  4. Enwer Tokhti, (M) Instructor at Uyghur Traditional Medicine Dept., Xinjiang Medical University
  5. Alim Pettar, (M) Instructor at Xinjiang Medical University, physician, PhD
  6. Perhat Bekhti, (M) Vice Rector of hospital attached to Xinjiang Medical University
  7. Erkin Abdurehim (Oghuz), (M) Professor, Kashgar University, retired
  8. Metréhim Haji, (M) Professor, Kashgar University
  9. Enwer Isma’il, (M) Associate Professor, Kashgar University
  10. Enwer Qadir, (M ) Associate Professor, Kashgar University
  11. Gülnaz Obul, (F) Professor, Kashgar University
  12. Erkin Ömer, (M) Professor, Kashgar University, school principal
  13. Mukhter Abdughopur, (M)Instructor, Kashgar University
  14. Qurban Osman, (M) Instructor, Kashgar University
  15. Ablajan Abduwaqi, (M) Professor, Kashgar University; chair, Mathematics Department
  16. Rahile Dawut, (F) Professor, Xinjiang University; PhD
  17. Arslan Abdulla, (M) Former dean, Philology Institute, Xinjiang University; Professor; Head of XUARPeople’s Government Cultural Advisors’ Office
  18. Abdukérim Rahman, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University
  19. Gheyretjan Osman, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University
  20. Tashpolat Téyip, (M) Professor, Xinjiang University; school principal
  21. Alim Ehet, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University; Developer of UyghurSoft software suite
  22. Dilmurat Tursun, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  23. Batur Eysa, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  24. Rehim Rehmitulla, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  25. Erkin Imirbaqi, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  26. Nurbiye Yadikar, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  27. Nebijan Hebibulla, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  28. Asiye Muhemmedsalih, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  29. Abdusalam Ablimit, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang University
  30. Abdubesir Shükri, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; Dean, Philology Institute, Xinjiang Normal University
  31. Abduqadir Jalalidin, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; poet, husband of Jemile Saqi
  32. Jemile Saqi, (F) Instructor, Xinjiang Education Institute, PhD; wife of Abduqadir Jalalidin
  33. Yunus Ebeydulla , (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University
  34. Ababekri Abdureshit, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
  35. Nur’eli Shahyaqup, (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
  36. Nurmuhemmet Ömer (Uchqun), (M) Instructor, Xinjiang Normal University, PhD
  37. Abdurazaq Sayim, (M) Vice Head of Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; senior researcher
  38. Küresh Tahir, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; son of Tahir Talip
  39. Ablikim Hesen, (M) Head of Uyghur Department and senior editor, Xinjiang Youth Press; poet
  40. Chimen’gül Awut, (F) Senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Publishers; poet
  41. Abduqeyum Tewekkul, (M) Physician, Kashgar Prefectural People’s Hospital
  42. Enwer Abdukérim, (M0 Physician, Kashgar Prefectural People’s Hospital
  43. Memet’éli Abdurehim, (M ) Former head of XUAR Language Committee, retired
  44. Tahir Himit, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
  45. Alimjan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
  46. Na’iljan Turghan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Language Committee
  47. Abbas Muniyaz, (M) Professional writer, XUAR Writers’ Association
  48. Perhat Tursun, (M) Researcher, XUAR People’s Arts Center; PhD; writer, poet
  49. Tahir Talip, (M) Senior editor, “Kashgar Daily,” poet; father of Küresh Tahir, Ilham Tahir and Méhrigül Tahir
  50. Ilham Tahir, (M) Teacher (fired), middle school attached to Kashgar Normal University; son of Tahir Talip
  51. Niyaz Imin, (M) Former teacher, Kucha County #1 Middle School
  52. Ekrem Islam, (M) Vice Principal, Sanji City #3 Middle School
  53. Nijat Sopi, (M) Professor, Ili Teachers College; PhD; chair, Literature Dept
  54. Barat, (M) Former rector, Hotan Teachers College [Dazhuan]
  55. Abdurakhman Ebey, (M) Former chief, former senior editor, Xinjiang People’s Press
  56. Ekhmetjan Mömin (Tarimi), (M) Senior editor, Xinjiang People’s Press
  57. Yalqun Rozi, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press, retired for health reasons; literary and social critic
  58. Qadir Arslan, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
  59. Mahibeder Mekhmut, (F) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
  60. Ayshem Peyzulla, (F) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
  61. Tahir Nasir, (M) Former head, former assistant head editor, Xinjiang Education Press; XUAR People’s Government education inspector
  62. Wahitjan Osman, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press, poet
  63. Erkin Muhemmet, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
  64. Ekber Sirajidin, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press
  65. Yasin Zilal, (M) Head editor, “Tarim” Journal; poet
  66. Mekhmutjan Sidiq, (M) Director, Xinjiang Television Station
  67. Ekhmetjan Metrozi, (M) Technician, Xinjiang Television Station
  68. Qurban Mamut, (M) Former head editor, former senior editor, “Xinjiang Culture” Journal
  69. Qeyum Muhemmet, (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang Art Institute; actor; host ; husband of Aynur Tash
  70. Aynur Tash, (F) Report, Ürümchi People’s Radio Station, retired for health reasons; wife of Qéyum Muhemmet
  71. Ablimit, (M) Independent researcher of Uyghur classical literature; PhD
  72. Ablet Abdurishit (Berqi), (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang Education Institute; PhD; poet
  73. Sajide Tursun, (F ) Postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious Diversity in Gottingen, Germany
  74. Kamil Metréhim, (M) Chair, Pedagogical Institute, Ürümchi Vocational University; professor
  75. Dilraba Kamil, (F) Instructor, Ürümchi #92 Middle School
  76. Arzugül Tashpolat, (F) Lecturer, Xinjiang Engineering Institute; Arrested together with husband Ekrem Tursun
  77. Tursunjan Hézim, (M) Instructor, Aqsu #1 Middle School
  78. Abbas Burhan, (M) Researcher, XUAR Education Department; Vice Principal, Ürümchi City #10 Elementary School
  79. Ablimit Ablikim, (M) MA student, Shanghai Arts Institute
  80. Ablet Shemsi, (M) Instructor, Kucha County Ishkhala Village Middle School
  81. Adil Tursun, (M) Vice Principal, senior teacher, Kashgar Old City County #1 Middle School; National-Level Expert
  82. Arzugül Abdurehim, (F) Received MA in Japan
  83. Zulpiqar Barat (Özbash), (M) Former instructor, Xinjiang University; PhD
  84. Azat Sultan, (M) Chair, XUAR Literature and Arts Union; Chair, Xinjiang Writers Association; Professor; Literature expert
  85. Idris Nurulla, (M0 Independent translator, poet
  86. Shahip Abdusalam (Nurbeg), (M) Instructor, Kelpin County #1 Middle School; poet
  87. Qasimjan Osman (Ghazi), (M) Civil servant, Peyzawat County Party Committee Propaganda Department; poet
  88. Zohre Niyaz (Sayramiye), (F) Instructor, Bay County Sayram Village Middle School; poet
  89. Muhemmedsalih Hajim, (M) Researcher, Nationalities Research Institute, Xinjiang Social Scienc Academy, retired; translator of the Quran into Uyghur; religious scholar and translator; died at age 84 in a camp; father of Nezire Muhemmedsalih
  90. Adiljan Tuniyaz, (M) Former reporter, Xinjiang People’s Radio Station; poet; husband of Nezire Muhemmedsalih
  91. Nezire Muhemmedsalih, (F) Independent writer; wife of Adiljan Tuniyaz; daughter of Muhemmedsalih Hajim
  92. Ilham Weli, (M) Chair, senior editor, “Xinjiang Gazette” Uyghur Editorial Department
  93. Mirkamil Ablimit, (M) Vice Chair, senior editor, “Xinjiang Gazette” Uyghur Editorial Department
  94. Memtimin Obul, (M) Editor, “Xinjiang Gazette” Uyghur Editorial Department
  95. Jür’et Haji, (M) Editor, “Xinjiang Gazette” Uyghur Editorial Department
  96. Erkin Tursun, (M) Editor, director, Ili Television Station
  97. Abduréhim Abdulla, (M) Senior editor, Xinjiang Audiovisual Press; poet
  98. Es’et Éziz, (M) Chief, Ürümchi People’s Radio Station Uyghur Editorial Department
  99. Alim Yawa, (M) Former instructor, Peyzawat County Güllük Village Middle School; poet
  100. Enwer Qutluq (Nezeri), (M) Editor, Xinjiang Television Station; poet
  101. Khalmurat Eysajan, (M) Instructor, Ili Pedagogical Institute
  102. Zulpiqar Köresh, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Television Station; singer
  103. Turdi Tuniyaz, (M) Former Principal, Ürümchi City Experimental Middle School
  104. Ömerjan Nuri, (M) Instructor, Hotan Teachers College [Dazhuan]
  105. 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.
  106. Abduqadir Jüme, (M) Independent translator, poet
  107. Mirzahit Kérimi, (M) Former editor (retired), Kashgar Uyghur Press; writer
  108. Nijad Memtimin, (M) Employee, Kashgar Prefectural Government Information Office; photographer
  109. Mutellipjan Memtimin, (M) Owner, “Kashgar White Steed Photo Studio”; photographer
  110. Mukhtar Rozi, (M) Computer expert; programmer
  111. Mehmutjan Khoja (Ümidwar), (M) Editor, “Xinjiang Youth” Journal; poet
  112. Méhrigül Tahir, (F) Instructor, Kashgar Preschool Teachers Training School;daughter of Tahir Talip
  113. Nijat Ablimit, (M) Instructor, Kashgar University
  114. Dilshat Perhat (Ataman), (M) Founder, “Diyarim” Website
  115. Khalide Isra’il, (F) Editor, “Xinjiang Gazette,” retired; writer
  116. Ablajan Siyit, (M) Vice head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press
  117. Osman Zunun, (M) Former head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press, retired
  118. Abliz Ömer, (M) Former head editor, senior editor, Kashgar Uyghur Press, retired
  119. Dilmurat Ghopur, (M) Vice Rector, Xinjiang University
  120. Gheyret Abdurahman, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; Vice Head, Language Institute, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy
  121. Abduqéyum Mijit, (M) Researcher, National Culture Research Institute, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy
  122. Abduréhim Rahman, (M) Associate Professor, Xinjiang University; PhD; husband of Ruqiye Osman
  123. Ruqiye Osman, (F) Administrator, Xinjiang University Library; wife of Abduréhim Rahman
  124. Gülbahar Éziz, (F) Civil servant, XUAR Prison Administration Office; psychology counselor;lawyer


Supplement: imprisoned intellectuals from other minority nationalities of Xinjiang

  1. Qabilqan Sadiq, (M) Editor, Xinjiang Education Press; Kyrgyz
  2. Esqer Junus, (M) Researcher, Xinjiang Social Sciences Academy; Kyrgyz
  3. Hörmetjan Abdurahman (Fikret), (M) Professor, Xinjiang University; Uzbek
  4. Mambet Turdi, (M) Professor, Xinjiang Normal University; literary critic; Kyrgyz




  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.

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