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Iminjan Seydin
Iminjan Seydin
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
formal prison (15 years)
When first detained
Apr. 2017 - June 2017
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status
Local media coverage  From prolonged detention to prison 

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Testifying party (* direct submission)

Testimony 1*|3|4: Semire Imin, a student in Boston, daughter of famous publisher Iminjan Seydin. (daughter)

Testimony 2: Radio Free Asia Uyghur, the Uyghur-language service of Radio Free Asia.

About the victim

Iminjan Seydin was a book publisher and an associate professor of history at the Xinjiang Islamic Institute. Originally from the Say District of Atush City's Ustun Atush Municipality, he settled in Urumqi for work in 1990, shortly after his graduation from the Xinjiang University Department of History.

His daughter refers to him as the kindest and most generous person she knows, saying that he was very supportive of his family and others in need. According to her, his students liked his teaching and insightfulness, his business partners appreciated his integrity and generosity, and he earned respect by dedicating his whole life to improving the intellectual level of the community.

After a major car accident some years back, he decided to start up his own publishing company, publishing many translated versions of world-class books (including "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey and "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly McGonigal). His work focused on delivering advanced knowledge to those who could only read Uyghur, so that they would not lag behind because of language barriers in society. According to his daughter, he wanted to improve the connections between all groups in society as a whole.

Victim's location

A prison in a Bingtuan part of Urumqi. [Not clear if this is the Bingtuan prison in southwestern Urumqi.]

When victim was detained

He was taken by the Chinese officials back in May 25, 2017. He was then accused with false charges and sentenced to 15 years of prison in February 2019.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

His daughter says that Iminjan has always obeyed the law, and adds that the false accusation against him is totally unacceptable and needs to be strongly condemned internationally.

According to a Radio Free Asia report, which cites multiple sources and documents, he was accused of "propagating extremism".

Victim's status

Presumably in prison serving his sentence.

Radio Free Asia adds that the Xinjiang Islamic Institute has cancelled its contract with him and has demanded that he return 2 years' worth of his salary (from 2017 to 2019).

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

His daughter says that she got the information from a reliable source.

Additional information

Business entry of his book company: http://archive.is/3DfAK

From Chinese state media article from June 2017, in which he is quoted as supporting the Party policies (http://archive.is/Oh3uH):


Radio Free Asia coverage: https://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/islam-instituti-12022019170235.html

Supplementary materials

Testimony 3
Testimony 4
daughter's song
photo with daughter
photo (zoom)
speech photo
leisure photo

Entry created: 2019-12-02

Last updated: 2020-02-16

Latest update from testifier: 2020-01-07