Mr. Abdulhakim Idris was born in Hotan city in East Turkestan and he was educated in Islamic religious studies and Arabic language at the underground Islamic schools (Madrisa) in Hotan before he left his hometown in 1986 to study Islam in Egypt at Al-Az’har University. After he sudied in Cairo, he settled in Munich, Germany in 1991 as one of the first Uyghurs to seek asylum in Europe. Mr. Idris is the current Inspector General of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).
Mr. Idris is one of the founding members of the East Turkistan Union in Europe in 1991 in Germany which is the first established Uyghur organizations in Europe. Mr. Idris also co-founded the World Uyghur Youth Congress (WUYC) in 1996 and the East Turkistan National Congress in 1999 as well as the one of the founders of the World Uyghur Congress in 2004. He previously served as Treasury, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee, Director of the Refugee Center for the World Uyghur Congress. He was the Treasury and Chairman of the Executive Committee for the World Uyghur Youth Congress and also served as one of the Board Directors for the Uyghur American Association in Washington DC as well.
Mr. Idris has consistently advocated for the rights of the Uyghur people and been a prominent human rights advocate in Uyghur Diaspora.
Furthermore, he also actively initiated and translated in Turkish, Arabic and German languages for news reporters, projects, Islamic religious papers, books, magazines and publishing houses to raise awareness on Communist China’s brutal human rights abuses against the Uyghur people. He moved to the United States in 2009 and currently lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two sons.