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Iminjan Seydin
Iminjan Seydin
依明江·赛都力
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Age
54
Gender
M
Ethnicity
Uyghur
Profession
publishing
Likely place of origin
Urumqi
Likely current location
Urumqi
Last reported det. type
formal prison (15 years)
When first detained
Apr. 2017 - June 2017
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status
unclear
Lists
Local media coverage  From prolonged detention to prison 
2020-01-07

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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):

正在皮山县科克铁热克乡拜勒库木村开展驻村工作的依明江·赛都力,是新疆伊斯兰教经学院副教授。他说:“最近我多次向村民宣讲《致维吾尔族同胞觉醒书》,引导村民深刻认识‘三股势力’的罪恶本质,更加主动地站到‘三股势力’的对立面。今后,我还要下大力气,引导村民牢固树立‘三个离不开’思想,增强‘五个认同’,让民族团结之花常开长盛。”

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
photo (zoom)
speech photo
leisure photo


Entry created: 2019-12-02

Last updated: 2020-02-16

Latest update from testifier: 2020-01-07