艾合麦提江 · 居麦
Prison, Kashgar city
Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Nature of work, family member abroad, precedent with police
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
Ahmetjan was a high school teacher who was taken from his home in Kashgar’s Konasheher County in May 2017 and has been detained since then. His brother now living in the USA told Amnesty International that Ahmetjan may have been sentenced to 9–15 years in prison, but he does not have any evidence or any other documentations. The official reasons for the detention are unknown, but his brother believes that Ahmetjan has been sentenced due to his previous record of having been detained twice, his brother’s job with Radio Free Asia in the USA, and the fact that Ahmetjan was a Uyghur intellectual who published and translated many books. It seems that family members in Xinjiang have been able to get in touch with Ahmetjan, but it is unclear whether he has access to a lawyer of his choice.
Ahmetjan is described as very loving and a humble father who likes reading, writing and playing music. His brother said he is a beautiful person with great leadership qualities.
Date of Birth
High school teacher, author, editor