阿热西丁 · 吾斯曼
Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention
Violation of birth control policy
Official Reason for Arrest or Detention
The last time Ershidin’s sister heard from him was over a phone call in 2017. In 2019, she found out that her brother was sentenced in 2018 to 16 years in prison. She lives in Sweden and does not know his whereabouts or the start time of the sentence, nor does she have evidence of the official charges against him as her family still in Xinjiang does not dare to share any details with her. However, she told Amnesty International that she believes Ershidin was put in prison for violating China’s birth control policy. Ershidin has seven children from two marriages and to keep the children safe, Ershidin and his second wife had either to hide from the authorities, bribe the police or leave the children with other family members. “[My] brother was very cautious and careful with the Chinese authorities,” she said. “He didn’t pray or fast; the police had also inspections at his workplace so he couldn’t fast or pray during Ramadan. He did everything [the Chinese authorities] told him to do.”
Ershidin likes reading and has a passion for gardening, keeping fruit trees and sheep. His sister described him as a hard worker who only took time off to visit his seven children. All his children are now living with other family members because their respective mothers are also detained. One of Ershidin’s sisters, Hawahan Osman, is also reported to be in prison with a sentence of 13-15 years.
Date of Birth
Disaster and emergency response government worker