Halmurat Imin

Detained in February 2011 for “illegal collection of reactionary propaganda DVDs” and “endangerment of state security.”

According to a spokesperson from the World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Dilshat Raxit cited in 28 February 2011, Radio Free Asia report, public security officials in Urumqi city, detained Halmurat Imin, a 23-year-old Uyghur man from Hoten district on 22 February 2011, in connection to DVDs reportedly in his possession.

Authorities accused him of “illegal collection of reactionary propaganda DVDs” and suspected “endangerment of state security.”

The WUC spokesperson reported that the detention came as authorities heightened security during calls for “Jasmine” protests in China and as Urumqi authorities inspected markets after finding DVDs about U.S.-based Uyghur rights advocate Rebiya Kadeer, namely the film “Ten Conditions of Love” which focuses on her  life and struggles.

Additional information on his case, including his current whereabouts, is not available.

Sources:

Radio Free Asia (RFA), Uyghurs Targeted Amidst Reform Call, 28 February 2011, available at: http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/reform-02282011114853.html

U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Entry for “Halmurat Imin” in Political Prisoner Database (CECC Record Number:  2011-00215), available at: http://ppd.cecc.gov/QueryResultsDetail.aspx?PrisonerNum=8709

Uyghur American Association (UAA) Press Release, Chinese fears of “Jasmine Revolution” unrest lead to clampdown on Uyghurs, 01 March 2011, available at: http://www.uyghuramerican.org/articles/5518/1/Chinese-fears-of-Jasmine-Revolution-unrest-lead-to-clampdown-on-Uyghurs/index.html

 

[last updated: October 2011]