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Urgent Concern for Health and Safety of Uyghur Christian Prisoner Alimujiang Yimiti

4/1/09 China (ANS) Concerns for the health and safety of a Uyghur Christian believer are being raised by the human rights group ChinaAid.

According to the group, Uyghur Christian, Alimujiang Yimiti, who has been imprisoned for his faith and held for more than one year in a Kashgar, Xinjiang detention center was seen Tuesday morning around 10 a.m. (local time) at Nongsanshi Hospital in Kashgar.

ChinaAid reports that with his hands bound and being roughly escorted by police and a prison doctor, he cried out to onlookers repeatedly in Chinese, “I’m sick. Tell my lawyer to come quickly to see me.”
Only one week ago, on Monday, Alimujiang’s Beijing-based lawyer met with him in anticipation of an upcoming trial expected next month, ChinaAid said.

An e-mail update from ChinaAid says that a previous trial, last May, resulted in the case being returned to the police for lack of evidence.

“The recent meeting with his attorney was only the second time anyone has been allowed to see Alimujiang since he was arrested in January of last year. According to his attorney, Alimujiang was in excellent health and good spirits,” ChinaAid explained.
ChinaAid sources say the sudden change in his health is suspicious, and that abuse and torture from prison authorities cannot be discounted as local officials are desperate to justify his detention in light of the increasing national embarrassment his case has become.

“The growing embarrassment, according to sources, is due, in part, to the fact that China is a country that officially claims to uphold religious freedom for all of its citizens, including its ethnic minorities,” said ChinaAid.
China’s state-run English-language newspaper, China Daily, reported last Tuesday in an uncharacteristically revealing article that China’s police detention centers are rife with bullying and torture.

China Daily reported that since February 8, five inmates have died under suspicious circumstances while in police custody. The New York Times report on the story stated, “The centers are officially run by the national public-security ministry, but are effectively controlled by local police officials who, one expert was quoted as saying, regard them ‘as part of their turf and the most profitable piece of their territory.'”
ChinaAid says Alimujiang Yimiti has been imprisoned at Kashi Municipal Detention center since January 12, 2008. He was first detained on the charge of “endangering the security of the state,” then was officially arrested on February 20, 2008 for “suspicion of inciting secession and organizing people in stealing, spying, buying and illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations.” However, sources say the real reason for his detention is because of his Christian faith and witness among the Uyghur people.
ChinaAid sources report that Alimujiang is highly respected in the prison and is praised by people there. He insists on his innocence and adheres to his Christian beliefs. ChinaAid recently received a letter from Guli Nuer, the wife of Alimujiang Yimiti. She wrote: “Alimujiang has been a believer of Jesus for 14 years. Belief in Jesus has made great changes in Alimujiang’s life and has made him really a good citizen who loves his country and his people. “
Alimujiang’s wife, two young sons and family members are deeply concerned for his situation and urge that intervention be made immediately to ensure his legal and human rights be upheld according to China’s rule of law, China Aid said.
Concerned believers may contact the following Chinese government offices to express your concern for Alimujiang Yimiti (pronounced A-leem’jan Yi-mit’). Offices are generally open 10a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. local time in China.
Kashi Governor Yalikum Maihemuti
Kashi Security Bureau: Tel. +86-998-2822048
Kashi People’s Court: Tel +86-998-2822604
Kashi Nationality and Religious Affairs Committee: Tel. +86-998-2822391
Kashi Region Nationality and Religious Affairs Committee Chief Director/ Wang Chun Fu: Tel. +86-998-2823681
Secretary of Chinese Communist Party Wulamujiang Abuducador: Tel. +86-998-2838702
Law office of Xinjiang People’s Government: Fax. +86-991-2803800
Law Office of Kashgar People’s Government: Fax. +86-998-2823579
The People’s Procurate of Xinjiang Autonomous Region: Tel. +86-991-2642000
The Supreme People’s Court of Xinjiang: Tel. +86-991-5959301 or +86-991-5959480
The Office of Inspector General for Law Enforcement of China: Tel. +86-10-62251925 / Fax: +86-10-62254181

The Petition Office of the Supreme People’s Court of China: Tel. +86-10-63036424 or +86-10-83102103
Xinjiang Government Leadership Office Tel./Fax: +86-991-280-3226
Xinjiang Government Law Management Office Tel./Fax: +86-991-235-6033
Xinjiang Governor’s Online Message Box (Chinese):

Contact the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. to urge them to release Alimujiang Yimiti:
Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
2300 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 328-2500
Fax: (202) 328-2582
Write an encouraging letter to Alimujiang Yimiti:
Mr. Alimujiang Yimiti
Detention Center (Kan Shou Suo)
Ka Shi, Xinjiang,
People’s Republic of China
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Read a recent letter from Alimujiang Yimiti’s wife Guli Nuer here:

Watch a video of Alimujiang Yimiti and Wusiman Yiming, another Uyghur Christian imprisoned for his faith here: