Charge: Instigating and engaging in secessionist activities
Sentence: 9 years
Location: Xinjiang No. 4 Prison, Urumchi


Three days after his mother, Ms. Rebiya Kadeer was elected president of the Uyghur American Association on May 29 2006, Ablikim Abdureyim was severely beaten by police officers after he was detained near Urumchi. As a result of his beating, which occurred in front of his family, Ablikim lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital.

Ablikim was sentenced to nine years in prison in April 2007 on charges of “secessionism.” The trial was plagued by a lack of evidence and conducted in the absence of due process of law.

In December 2007 UHRP reported: “Ablikim’s refusal to cooperate with the authorities has led to severe mistreatment, including torture and medical neglect, resulting in his current grave physical condition.” In 2010, Amnesty International described further allegations of torture and Ablikim’s transfer to solitary confinement after he refused to sign a document stating he had not witnessed a “controversial incident” in prison. While in solitary confinement his health was said to have “deteriorated sharply.” He is currently being held at Xinjiang No. 4 Prison in Urumchi.


The People’s Republic of China (PRC) signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on December 12, 1986; however, the use of torture against Uyghurs by the Chinese authorities is endemic.

Torture is also explicitly outlawed under Chinese law, and the government of the PRC is regularly pressed by entities ranging from the United Nations and Amnesty International to offices within the Chinese government itself to implement mechanisms whereby people who have suffered torture can report the fact and have the allegation independently investigated. To date, however, no measures to address or curb torture in China have been seen to be demonstrably effective.

There are many specific examples of the use of torture in East Turkestan. In mid-2006, Tudahun Hoshur, a 31-year old trader from Ghulja City, was suspended from a ceiling by his hands, beaten, and denied food for three days for failing to memorize all 45 articles of the detention center’s regulations in Chinese. Furthermore, China has not fully accounted for the death in prison of Noor-ul-Islam Sherbaz, who was detained in 2009 at the age of 17, and an 11 year-old Uyghur boy, Mirzahid, who died in detention in 2012.

Ershidin Israel fled from China to Kazakhstan on foot in September 2009 after informing Radio Free Asia (RFA) reporters about the beating to death of Uyghur Shohret Tursun. Tursun was beaten to death in September 2009 while in detention for his alleged involvement in July 2009 unrest in the regional capital of Urumchi in East Turkestan. Israel was deported from Kazakhstan in June 2011 despite an offer of resettlement from Sweden after UNHCR rescinded his refugee status. Since his deportation, no information on the whereabouts or condition of Ershidin Israel has been made available by the Chinese authorities.

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Sign UHRP's petition to release all 8 prisoners in this campaign

Join Amnesty International’s campaign on behalf of Ablikim

Read/listen/watch on:

Watch: A trailer for the 2009 documentary film, The 10 Conditions of Love, which documents the life story of Rebiya Kadeer and her family’s struggles.

A family held hostage to human rights: UHRP documents the persecution of Rebiya Kadeer's family (Uyghur Human Rights Project, October 12, 2010)

HRIC Condemns Rights Violations and Harsh Sentence in Ablikim Abdureyim’s Case (Human Rights in China, April 19, 2007)

Inherited Persecution (Washington Post, April 26, 2007)

Ablikim Abdureyim (World Uyghur Congress, September 2011)

Exile Uyghur Leader’s Children Pressured (Radio Free Asia, May 30, 2012)

The United Nations And Amnesty International On Torture In East Turkestan (Uyghur Human Rights Project, June 216, 2009)

WUC Booklet on Violation of Freedom of Expression in East Turkestan (World Uyghur Congress, December 20, 2011)


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