Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Ethnicity, religious scholar
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
Abiden is a 91-year-old religious scholar taken away in June 2017 and sent to an internment camp, most likely for his religious practices. According to his niece now living in the USA, Abiden was last seen by an acquaintance in a hospital in Artux in the summer of 2020, but the reasons for the hospitalization are unknown. It is believed that this was not the first time that Abiden had to be hospitalized while being detained. His niece confirmed that she does not have any information or evidence of the charges against him, nor does she know whether her uncle has had access to a lawyer of his choice or can speak with his family members that live still in Xinjiang.
Abiden is described by his niece as a very helpful person who is loved by his students at the local mosque where he was the imam. She said: “He likes helping people. He’s very nice. He likes sharing his knowledge with others. He likes reading. He talked to many students about Islamic knowledge.” According to his niece, his seven sons are in prison, all probably detained for religious reasons. Other family members are unfortunately also detained. The niece’s husband, Sadir Ali, has been serving a 20-year prison sentence since May 2019, and one of her cousins, Yusupjan Abiden, has been in prison since April 2017.
Date of Birth
Qayraq town, Artux county