Yiliyasijiang Reheman

Forced disappearance of student

Yiliyasijiang Reheman and his pregnant wife Mairinisha Abuduaini were studying at a university in Egypt when he went missing in July 2017. He was one of about 200 Uyghur people rounded up by the Egyptian government at the behest of the Chinese authorities. Three weeks later Mairinisha gave birth to their second child.

Mairinisha, who now lives in Turkey, later learned that Yiliyasijiang had been sent back to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. She believes he is among the estimated one million mainly Muslim people locked up in secretive ‘transformation-througheducation’ camps.

Since 2017, the Chinese government has intensified its campaign of mass internment, surveillance, indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation against Uyghurs and members of other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang. Those sent to the camps are not put on trial, have no access to a lawyer or the right to challenge the decision, and may face torture and other ill-treatment.

‘My husband should be released as soon as possible. We need a warm and complete family. Our children need their father. I will never give up until we can be reunited.'
Mairinisha Abuduaini, wife of Yiliyasijiang

Solidarity message


Mairinisha Abuduaini
c/o Uluslararası Af Örgütü Türkiye Şubesi
Hacımimi Mh. Kemeraltı Cd.
Ada Han No.31 Kat:2
Daire:2 34425 Karaköy
Beyoğlu, Istanbul


English, Uyghur, Chinese or Arabic

Suggested message (keep short):

We are thinking of you and your husband Yiliyasijiang Reheman. We hope that he will be released soon.

Can I:

  • Send a religious card or message? No
  • Send an Amnesty card or mention Amnesty? Yes
  • Include my name and address? Yes

Send an appeal letter

Urge the President of China to immediately and unconditionally release Yiliyasijiang Reheman.

Write to:

Xi Jinping
President of the People’s Republic of China
Xichengqu, Beijing Shi 100017
People’s Republic of China

Salutation: Dear President


  1. To disclose Yiliyasijiang Reheman’s whereabouts.
  2. To allow Mairinisha Abuduaini to communicate with her husband.
  3. To give Yiliyasijiang Reheman access to a lawyer of his choosing.
  4. To allow unrestricted access to Xinjiang for an independent investigation by the UN or other international bodies.

More information:

Always use the full name– Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – when first mentioning the region, after which simply refer to as “Xinjiang” (not “XUAR”).

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