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Abdurahman Ebey

Chinese ID: 65????195???????O? (place of origin unclear)

Age: 55+    Detention reason: "separatism"    Detention type: unclear
Gender: M    Detention time: July 2018 - Sep. 2018    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: publishing    Location: unclear

List(s): Covered in international media

Testifying party

Justine, French citizen

Victim's relation to testifier

No relation, information is publicly available in the press.

About the victim

Abdurahman Abey, approximately 65. "Had a 40-year career in writing and publishing in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), serving as director of the official Xinhua Bookstore, and from 2005-2015 as director and Communist Party deputy secretary of the Xinjiang People's Publishing House. In Chinese media he had been portrayed as an “energetic publisher” who won national awards in the field every year from 2003-13 (...) Local websites said Abey left his position as director of Xinjiang People's Publishing House in January 2015, and was appointed as the manager of the History Research Office of the Xinjiang Autonomous Political Expansion Committee. He left that post in January 2017".
Apparently started to come under suspicion by Chinese authorities at the beginning of 2015.

Victim's location

"His current whereabouts and the status of his case are not known"

When victim was detained

Arrested in july 2018.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

According to a staff member at the Xinjiang Youth Publishing House, interviewed by RFA : "During the time when he was working at the Xinjiang People's Publishing House (Abey) was implicated in separatism and religious extremism activities"

Victim's status

"Under arrest and further investigation"

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

Reported in RFA : https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/abey-arrest-10152018172356.html?searchterm:utf8:ustring=+Muhemmed.

Additional information

This victim is included in the list of detained Uyghur intellectuals, available at: shahit.biz/supp/list_003.pdf

Supplementary materials

recognition tweet

Entry created: 2018-10-31

Last updated: 2018-10-31

Latest update from testifier: 2018-10-31