Prison, Shihezi City
Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Travelling to Turkey to study Turkish
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
Maiwulani was sentenced to nine years in prison for “separatism” in August 2017, reportedly without any known trial. Maiwulani was taken away in January 2017, and his sister, now based in New Zealand, only found out about the sentencing in December 2019 through an official response that the Chinese authorities provided to the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. No evidence against Maiwulani has ever been made public, but his sister believes he was charged merely for having visited Turkey to study Turkish between 2012 and 2014. Maiwulani’s sister recently learned that he is currently being held in a prison in Shihezi City.
Maiwulani is a physically and mentally healthy person with a good sense of humour. He helps his mother with shopping and gardening; enjoys family time, playing with his son and spending time with his wife.
Date of Birth
5 June 1986