Memetjan Abliz Boriyar

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Xinjiang police arrested Uighur editor Memetjan Abliz Boriyar in October 2018, and authorities are holding him on allegations of approving the release of books that were later banned by Chinese authorities.

Police arrested Boriyar in October 2018 in Kashgar, according to a report by U.S.-funded broadcaster Radio Free Asia. As manager and editor-in-chief of the state-owned Kashgar Publishing House, authorities allege that Boriyar approved the publication of more than 100 books that authorities allowed at the time, but which were later banned, according to that report.

Boriyar was arrested amid a crackdown on the publishing company, in which several other former and current staffers were also detained.

The Kashgar Publishing House published books on literature, history, politics, and other topics, and also issued annual reports on local counties and cities, including Kashgar Yearbook, a publication documenting legal, political, demographic, and military developments in Kashgar, according to the China Academic Journals Electronic Publishing House’s database

According to Radio Free Asia, a Xinjiang official said that Boriyar is not being held at a re-education camp. As of September 2021, CPJ was unable to determine where he was being held or whether he has been formally charged.

CPJ called the Kashgar Public Security Bureau in late 2019 but no one answered the phone. In late 2021, CPJ called that bureau again, but the number was out of service.

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Prison Administration and the Xinjiang People’s Procuratorate did not respond to CPJ’s emails requesting information about Boriyar’s health and status in late 2021.