Free Uyghur Editor and Writer, Yalqun Rozi, from the Chinese Government’s Detention!

Free Uyghur Editor and Writer, Yalqun Rozi, from the Chinese Government’s Detention!

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The Chinese government is currently conducting genocide in the Uyghurs' homeland while destroying their culture, language, and religion. The active targeting of any Uyghur elites is one of the central aims of the regime. Since late 2016, thousands of Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested, sentenced, and detained in concentration camps. Yalqun Rozi is one of the the most renowned Uyghur intellectuals arrested during the initial phases of the current cultural genocide campaign of China. 

As a part of highlighting incarcerated Uyghur academics and raising awareness for their cases, the Uyghur Academy- USA is carrying out a project to introduce Yalqun Rozi to the world. He has contributed to the education of the Uyghur nation, and we aim to make him known to Pen-America as well as to other U.S. writers, civil societies, and NGOs.

Yalqun Rozi is a well-known scholar among Uyghurs as an outspoken writer, literary critic, educator, orator, and publisher. Yalqun Rozi has dedicated all his life to the intellectual advancement of Uyghurs. He has published many books, written numerous literary critiques, social commentaries, historical research papers, and has given many public speeches throughout East Turkistan. 

Yalqun Rozi's other main contribution to Uyghur education is well displayed in his work of compiling and editing Uyghur literature textbooks. From 2001 to 2011, He worked on the editorial board for the Uyghur Textbook Department of Xinjiang Education Press per the request of the Xinjiang Education Ministry. The Uyghur textbooks that Yalqun Rozi and his team worked on were reviewed and approved by the ministry before they were published. In 2016, after more than ten years of official use of these textbooks, as a first step of the cultural genocide campaign on Uyghurs, the Chinese government arrested Yalqun Rozi, who was already retired back in 2015, and other Uyghur intellectuals who worked on these government-approved textbooks. Yalqun Rozi and others' work became their accused crimes, and under this guise, they were unjustly arrested. On January 3, 2018, Yalqun Rozi was sentenced to a 15-year prison term in Urumqi.

Yalqun Rozi's case is another example of how the Chinese government takes every opportunity to change the rules and uses paltry excuses to detain anyone they think might become a vocal opponent of their racist ideology. Despite China's denial, in August 2018, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination states that it had received many credible reports that roughly one million ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim ethnic minorities were being held in internment camps. In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense also claimed that possibly three million Uyghurs and other groups had been sent to "Concentration camps." 

Detainees in the camps include medical doctors, academics, businesspeople, professionals, and young children and the elderly, none of which needed job training. The Uyghur Academy-USA, as a platform for Uyghur intellectuals, commits to highlight and raise the case of those innocent Uyghur intellectuals who have become victims of the Chinese government.

This petition is a vital part of our campaign for the release of Yalqun Rozi, and we will use it to stand against the evil crimes against humanity carried out by the Chinese regime. We urge you to actively sign and share this petition so that multitudes of people can come together to be a voice for Yalqun Rozi, and for the millions of other victims that his case represented.

Finally, we plead to the Amnesty International and Pen America organizations to help us raise awareness of Yalqun Rozi case and assist us in seeking his immediate release. 

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