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Free Eight Uyghur Political Prisoners - 请立即释放8名政治犯

Immediately release: Ilham Tohti, Atikem Rozi, Mutellip Imin, Akbar Imin, Gheyret Niyaz, Merdan Seyitakhun, Abdurazzak Shamseden and Huseyin Celil

Uyghurs in East Turkestan (also known as Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) are routinely imprisoned for political reasons.

Ilham Tohti and Gheyret Niyaz were jailed for exercising their freedom of speech. Professor Ilham Tohti was particularly outspoken on a number of economic, social and cultural issues facing the Uyghurs through his Uighurbiz website. The case of Gheyret Niyaz illustrates the constraints placed on freedom of the press.

Uighurbiz volunteers Atikem Rozi and Mutellip Imin were sentenced in December 2014. In addition to the denial of their fundamental right to freedom of speech, the cases of Atikem Rozi and Mutellip Imin highlight the difficulties facing young Uyghurs. Rozi faced systemic discrimination when attempting to secure a passport and Imin wrote a remarkable account of his enforced disappearance at the hands of Chinese security officials.

The jailing of Merdan Seyitakhun is demonstrative of the curbs placed on religious rights in East Turkestan and Huseyin Celil’s imprisonment questions the legitimacy of China’s anti-terror campaign aimed at Uyghurs. The detention of HIV/AIDS activist, Akbar Imin is a potent example of the limited space the Uyghurs have to raise social problems with the state.

The case of Abdurazzak Shamseden is illustrative of the Chinese government’s harsh crackdown after the violent suppression of a protest in Ghulja in 1997 and how Chinese authorities target family members of Uyghur activists. His treatment in prison displays the endemic nature of torture facing Uyghur political prisoners.

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要求释放8名政治犯名单如下:伊力哈木∙土赫提(Ilham Tohti)、阿提开姆∙茹孜(Atikem Rozi)、穆塔力普∙伊明(Mutellip Imin)、阿克拜尔∙伊明(Akbar Imin)、海来特∙尼亚孜(Gheyret Niyaz)、麦尔丹∙赛伊塔洪(Merdan Seyitakhun)、阿布杜热扎克.夏木西丁(Abdurazzak Shamseden)及玉山江.吉力力(Hoseyin Jelil or Huseyin Celil)

在东土耳其斯坦(中国政府称为新疆维吾尔自治区)的维吾尔人,常常因为政治原因而被抓捕投监

伊力哈木∙土赫提海来特∙尼亚孜因为行使了他们的言论自由权而被投监。伊力哈木教授利用他自己创建的维吾尔在线网站,大胆发表了很多关于维吾尔人在经济、社会和文化等方面面临困境的文章;海赖特∙尼亚孜的案件,则是个突显中国政府遏制新闻自由的典型案例。

维吾尔在线志愿者阿提开姆∙茹孜穆塔力普∙伊明于2014年12月被判刑。阿提开姆∙茹孜和穆塔力普∙伊明案,除了揭示最基本的言论自由权被践踏外,此案还突显维吾尔年青人所面临困境;阿提开姆在办理护照时遭遇了赤裸裸的民族歧视,穆塔利普则详细记载了他被安全警察强迫失踪的经历。

麦尔丹∙赛伊塔洪的被判徒刑,突显当局在东土耳其斯坦对维吾尔人宗教信仰的限制玉山江∙吉力力的案件则令人质疑中国政府针对维吾尔人‘反恐’的合法性。对艾滋病活动人士阿克拜尔∙伊明的拘捕,则明白揭示维吾尔人在对社会问题提出异议时,在中国所拥有的极端有限空间。

阿布杜热扎克∙夏木西丁的案件,在揭露中国政府野蛮镇压1997年伊宁游行之后,对维吾尔人持续残酷打压的同时,也反映中国政府是如何将维吾尔活动分子家属作为其报复目标的;阿布杜热扎克∙夏木西丁在监狱的遭遇,则突显维吾尔政治犯普遍遭遇的滥用酷刑现象。

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