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Ablajan Awut Ayup (阿布拉江·阿吾提·阿尤甫)

Chinese ID: 6532??19????????O? (place of origin unclear)

Age: 18-35    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: unclear
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: art & literature    Location: Hotan

List(s): Covered in international media

Testifying party

Darren Byler, anthropologist at the University of Washington

Victim's relation to testifier


About the victim

Ablajan Awut Ayup is a popular Uyghur singer, songwriter and dancer. His pop-influenced dance music often references Uyghur traditions and poetry. His music is wildly popular with Uyghur children.

Victim's location

According to a Radio Free Asia article from May 15, 2018, Ablajan was arrested in Sanju village in Hotan's Guma County. As he is originally from Hotan, it is likely that he is being held in the Hotan prefecture: https://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/qanun/ablajan-ayup-05152018151210.html [added by G. A. Bunin]

When victim was detained

February 2018

Probable (or official) reason for detention

Unknown, it is likely related to the themes of his music

Victim's status


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

News of his disappearance first circulated via social media. It was later confirmed by the Financial Times in March 2018.

Additional information

[This victim is included in the list of detained Uyghur intellectuals, 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 19: We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people wherever they live, through books, radio, television and in other ways.

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Entry created: 2018-09-21

Last updated: 2018-09-21

Latest update from testifier: 2018-09-21