Informe anual 2013
El estado de los derechos humanos en el mundo

2 enero 2013

China: Uighur writer’s death in prison would be bitter blow

China: Uighur writer’s death in prison would be bitter blow
Pigeons and local Uighur people in Kashgar, Xinjiang

Pigeons and local Uighur people in Kashgar, Xinjiang

© AFP/Getty


Nurmemet Yasin was suffering ill-health in prison

© Sketch courtesy of Human Rights in China


By caging my body, they hope to enslave my soul...
Fuente: 
from 'Wild Pigeon' by Nurmemet Yasin

The reported death of a celebrated Uighur writer in a Chinese prison, if confirmed, would be an indictment on freedom of expression, and expose harsh prison conditions in China, Amnesty International said today.

Although author Nurmemet Yasin’s death was reported only a few days ago, he apparently died sometime in 2011 in Shaya prison in western China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

“Nurmemet Yasin should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and if confirmed, the death of this young writer in prison would be a shameful indictment of the Chinese government’s notion of justice,” said Catherine Baber, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Asia Pacific. 

Amnesty International is calling on the Chinese authorities to confirm or deny the reports of Yasin’s death.

Yasin was imprisoned for “inciting splittism” on the basis of his story, ‘Wild Pigeon’.  The story is a first-person narrative of a young pigeon, the son of a pigeon king, who becomes trapped by humans and commits suicide rather than live in captivity.

"Now, finally, I can die free,” the narrator says in the story. "I feel as if my soul is on fire – soaring and free."

Little is known about the writer’s death, but he is believed to have been suffering ill-health while behind bars, and conditions in Shaya prison are known to be harsh. High profile dissident Gao Zhisheng, a human rights lawyer, is being held in the same prison. 

Yasin was arrested in 2004 after the publication of ‘Wild Pigeon’ in a Kashgar literary journal, and was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment following an unfair trial.

He was one of the few prisoners in China visited by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture in 2005.

A prolific author and poet, Yasin was an honorary member of English, American and Independent Chinese PEN. He published three volumes of poetry: First Love, Crying from the Heart and Come on, Children, and his writing is included in Uighur-language school textbooks.

“The Chinese authorities should realise that consigning peaceful writers to a slow death in prison will never destroy their writing, or tame the urge to freedom that their writing inspires,” said Baber.

País

China 

Región

Asia y Oceanía 

Tema

Death In Custody 

@amnestyonline on twitter

Noticias

22 julio 2014

Mientras en Londres se reúnen hoy activistas para debatir sobre estrategias para abordar la mutilación genital femenina, comunidades de todo Sierra Leona adoptan un enfoque... Más »

29 agosto 2014

El gobierno de la República Dominicana debe investigar urgentemente la desaparición de tres personas, presuntamente a manos de la policía y llevar a la justicia a los... Más »

03 junio 2014

En la segunda de una serie de dos partes, dos de las personas cuyos nombres estaban entre los “más buscados” a causa de su papel en las protestas de 1989 en Tiananmen cuentan... Más »

11 julio 2014

Sasha, activista ucraniano de 19 años, fue secuestrado a punta de pistola por separatistas en Luhansk y golpeado una y otra vez durante 24 horas.

Más »
29 agosto 2014

El activista pacífico Mohamed Bachir Arab está recluido en secreto desde que fue arrestado por las fuerzas de inteligencia sirias el 2 de noviembre de 2011. Es uno de los... Más »