06/23/2020

Urgent Action: 70 Year Old Uyghur Editor Held Incommunicado (China: UA 103.20)


Retired editor Qurban Mamut has not been seen or heard from by his son since November 2017. Qurban Mamut visited his son in the US in February 2017. His son, a US citizen, believes that having relatives outside China is the reason behind his father’s detention. A source told him in September 2018 that Qurban Mamut had been sent to a “transformation-through-education” facility. Given his age and lack of information about his condition, there are serious concerns for Qurban Mamut’s wellbeing.

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Director Tao Hongjun
c/o Ambassador Cui Tiankai
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China
3505 International Place NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 202 495 2266 I Fax: 202 495 2138
Email: [email protected]

Dear Director Tao,

I am writing to express my concern about Qurban Mamut (库尔班 ·⻢木提), a retired editor-in-chief of the Uyghur-language journal Xinjiang Civilization, who lived in Urumqi and has not been seen or heard from by his son since November 2017.

According to his son, in September 2018 a source reported that Qurban Mamut had been sent to a “transformation-through-education” facility. However, I find it very troubling to learn that, after more than two-and-a-half years, his son has still been unable to see or hear from Qurban Mamut. He is now 70 years old and I am gravely concerned for his condition and wellbeing.

I call on you to release Qurban Mamut unless there is sufficient, credible and admissible evidence that he committed an internationally recognized offense and is granted a fair trial in line with international standards; and pending his release, disclose Qurban Mamut’s whereabouts, allow him access to his family and a lawyer of his choice, and ensure he is not subjected to torture and other ill-treatment.

Yours sincerely,

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