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Perhat Tursun (帕尔哈提·吐尔逊)

Chinese ID: 65300119????????O? (Atush)

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: formal prison
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: art & literature    Location: unclear

List(s): From prolonged detention to prison

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Testifying party

Darren Byler, an anthropologist at the University of Washington.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is my friend. I have also translated for him.

About the victim

Perhat Tursun is a leading Uyghur fiction writer, poet and cultural critic. His writing focuses on urban alienation, Uyghur traditions and problems of human existence.

Victim's location

He had been living in Urumqi before. However, the current location is unknown, especially as he is reported to have been sentenced.

When victim was detained

Detained on January 30, 2018. News that he had been sentenced were received in early October 2019.

Probable (or official) reason for detention


Victim's status

Sentenced to prison.

How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?

News of his detention first circulated via social media. It was later confirmed during visits by international researchers in Urumqi.

Additional information

[This victim is included in the list of prominent detained Uyghurs, available at: shahit.biz/supp/list_003.pdf]

Suspected human rights violations

Article 9: Nobody has the right to put us in prison without a good reason, to keep us there or to send us away from our country.
Article 10: If someone is accused of breaking the law they have the right to a fair and public trial.

Supplementary materials

Darren Byler's video testimony
Tahir Hamut's tweet

Entry created: 2018-09-21

Last updated: 2019-10-10

Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-09