Yalqun Rozi

Gender Identity: male

Current Location: Xinjiang (general location)

Perpetrator: China

Ethnic Group: Uyghur

Faith: Muslim – Unspecified/Other

Reports of Torture: No

Sentence: 15 years imprisonment

Date of Detainment: October//2016

Date of Sentencing: January//2018

Current Status: Not Released

Most Recent Type of Abuse: Imprisonment

Yalqun Rozi

Extra Bio Info:

According to RFA (10 October 18), VOA (15 March 19), AP (3 September 19), and FT (12 September 19), in or around October 2016, authorities in Urumqi municipality, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), detained Yalqun Rozi, a Uyghur literary critic, writer, and former editor at the official Xinjiang Education Press. After his son who lives abroad lost contact with him in October, authorities reportedly formally detained him on December 12, 2016; his status between October and December was unclear. Rozi reportedly appeared in a “political study” film shown to XUAR government and Party officials which described Rozi as a “separatist.” While initial reports were that authorities had sentenced Rozi to life in prison, later reports indicated that in January 2018 authorities sentenced him to 15 years in prison on the charge of “inciting subversion of state power.” Rozi’s detention was reportedly connected to his work starting in 2001 as part of an official XUAR committee revising Uyghur-language textbooks for use in XUAR schools. His detention came amid a campaign of mass internment in which XUAR authorities targeted Uyghurs and members of other largely Muslim ethnic groups for detention for reasons including expression of ethnic or cultural identity. His whereabouts were unknown.

Sources:

Congressional-Executive Commission on China