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Abduhelil Zunun

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Sentenced in November 2001 to 20 years and 5 years deprivation of political rights for “splittism”.

On 16 February 2000, authorities in Aqsu district, East Turkestan, detained Abduhelil Zunun, who is reported to have translated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Uyghur language, for splittism and for illegally producing or trafficking weapons, ammunition, or explosives, crimes under articles 103 and 125 of the Criminal Law. On 5 November 2001, the Aqsu District Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Abduhelil Zunun to 20 years in prison and 5 years deprivation of political rights. He is serving his sentence at the Xinjiang Number 1 Prison.


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U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Entry for “Abduhelil Zunun” in Political Prisoner Database (CECC Record Number:  2005-00287), available at:

Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), World Human Rights Day – Remember Abduhelil Zunun, 9 December 2005, available at:–Remember-Abduhelil-Zunun/World-Human-Rights-Day–Remember-Abduhelil-Zunun.html

European Union, European Union and China held their annual Human Rights Dialogue, 7 July 2018, available at:

Anadolu Agency, Uighur Scientists, Intellectuals remain Accounted for,11 February 2019, available at:

[Last updated: October 2019]