Charge: Separatism Sentence: 3-8 years (specific length unknown) Location: Unknown
Imin was a student of Uyghur scholar, Ilham Tohti and contributed to the Uighurbiz website. He was detained in Lop County, Hotan Prefecture on January 15, 2014; he was then 25 years old. He was among seven students of Ilham Tohti tried on November 25 and sentenced on December 8.
Imin was previously detained in 2013. Like his girlfriend, Atikem Rozi, Imin’s detention was connected to international travel, and only known to the world as a result of his courageous exposition on social media. Imin was detained en route to Turkey to complete the second year of his master’s degree at Istanbul University; police prevented him from leaving the country and confiscated his identification documents, without explanation.
Journalist Alexa Oleson notes in a Foreign Policy profile that among the arrested students, Imin had the largest online presence, including on Sina Weibo, Wordpress, Twitter and Facebook. After his detention, he described the experience in a widely circulated blog post, “I was a victim of enforced disappearance for 79 days.” Held in 3 hotels for 79 consecutive days, he was questioned about his work for Uighurbiz, and required to hand over passwords to his phone, computer and social media accounts.
Issue (enforced disappearance):
Testimony as frank and descriptive as Mutellip Imin’s is rare, but enforced disappearances of Uyghurs are a common tactic employed by Chinese authorities. In recent years, widespread enforced disappearances have been reported following the July 2009 unrest in Urumchi. Both Human Rights Watch and UHRP released reports documenting accounts of hundreds of mostly young men rounded up and subsequently disappeared after the incident.
More recently, mass round ups of Uyghur males following an incident in Yarkent county last July have resulted in major difficulties for farmers in the region, RFA reports, though information on that incident has been so heavily restricted that the legality of the mass arrests has never even come up in a public forum.
Watch an AFP report featuring a protest in Urumchi on July 7, 2009 by Uyghur mothers demanding to know the whereabouts of their children, many of whom were forcibly disappeared by police. To this day, many Uyghurs remain unaccounted for after the July 2009 unrest and the total number of detained has been concealed by the Chinese state.
End of the Road: One Belt, One Road and the Cumulative Economic Marginalization of the Uyghurs, a new research report by the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), is an examination of China’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) economic initiative from a Uyghur human rights perspective.
The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) calls on the European Parliament to award Ilham Tohti the 2016 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Professor Ilham Tohti has been a consistent voice for the equitable treatment of Uyghurs in China and in doing so has made an outstanding contribution to human rights.
The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is concerned a new Counter-Terrorism Law adopted by the People's Republic of China (PRC) on December 27, 2015, and effective as of January 1, 2016, is a mandate for the Chinese government to commit human rights violations against the Uyghur people in East Turkestan.
The WUC and UHRP have jointly submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) for consideration during the 56th session of the Committee from November 9 to December 9, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.