Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti, a Uyghur Christian house church leader, was criminally detained on Jan. 12, 2008, for “inciting separatism” and “unlawfully providing state secrets to overseas organizations” and formally arrested on Feb. 20. Alim was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. The unfair charge and conviction was based on two private conversations between Alimujiang and an American friend. There is no evidence to suggest their conversations included any sensitive information, pointing to Alimujiang's innocence. Read More

China Aid is an international non-profit Christian human rights organization committed to promoting religious freedom and the rule of law in China. We believe that religious freedom is the first freedom, which lays the foundation for all other basic human rights.

By Exposing the Abuses, Encouraging the Abused, and spiritually and legally Equipping the Leaders to defend their faith and freedom, ChinaAid strives to promote religious freedom for all.

Alimujiang Yimiti is from the eastern Chinese region of Xinjiang Uyghur. He is a Uyghur which is a Turkic ethnic group living primarily in eastern and central Asia. See the highlighted region on the map below.


Without proper pressure from the outside, wrongfully imrisoned and persecuted Christians like Alimujiang Yimiti and their families suffer in obscurity. Involvement from people like you puts pressure on the Chinese government to reform its laws in favor of justice. It also puts pressure on Western governments such as the United States to speak up and put pressure on the Chinese government as well.




Alimujiang Yimiti denied access to lawyer since 2012, visited by family

(Urumqi, Xinijang—Oct. 31, 2014) After a mid-August visit with her husband, jailed Uyghur house church leader Alimujiang Yimiti, Gulinuer reported to China Aid that Alimujiang, who is serving a 15-year sentence, is still being kept from meeting with his lawyers, whom he last met with in 2012.

From the time he was criminally detained in January 2008, authorities hampered Alimujiang’s access to a lawyer. The first time he was allowed to meet with a lawyer after his detention was on April 28, 2008, more than three months after the initial 48 hours of confinement during which authorities are required to allow access to counsel.

Gulinuer told China Aid that the last time her husband Alimujiang was allowed to see his lawyer was in 2012. In addition, Gulinuer’s visits to her husband in prison were cutback to once every three months at the beginning of 2013. This policy is a direct violation of Chinese law, which mandates that families are allowed to visit incarcerated individuals once a month.

Gulinuer said that while Alimujiang appeared to be in good health, she is still concerned for his overall wellbeing.

When she spoke to her husband about the support they have received worldwide, he asked her to share his thanks and gratitude with all those who have expressed concern for their family. The couple’s sons and Alimujiang’s mother accompanied Gulinuer on her August visit and plan to do so again for the next planned visit in November.

Alimujiang’s experiences maneuvering through the legal system have been an arduous journey. His initial detention and formal arrest in early 2008 were based on accusations of “engaging in illegal religious infiltration activities in Kashgar, spreading Christianity among the Uyghurs, and distributing religious propaganda materials to increase the number of Christians” by the Kashgar Municipal Commission of Ethics and Religious Affairs in late 2007.

Alimujiang was secretly tried in May 2008, and Gulinuer, the couple’s two sons and Alimujiang’s lawyer were barred from attending the proceedings. After the first trial, the case was turned back over to the Kashgar police due to insufficient evidence.

His second secret trial on July 28, 2009, was prompted by the renewal of the charge of “unlawfully providing state secrets to overseas organizations” on July 11, 2009. During that time, the separatism charge was dropped. Alimujiang was finally sentenced on Aug. 6, 2009; however, his family and lawyer did not learn of the trial until October 2009 and then only learned of the sentence that December.
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VIDEO: China 16 becomes China 18, prisoners' relatives testify at various hearings

In addition to the hearings, ChinaAid president, Bob Fu, Ti-
Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, and "Lisa" Jiayin
Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, were interview by senior
Taiwanese journalist and human rights activist, Dr. Yang
Xianhong on Radio Taiwan International on Dec. 2, 2013.
(Photo: ChinaAid)
China Aid Association

(Taipei, Taiwan—Dec. 2, 2013) In a continuation of the campaign, “China 16,” which aims to free 16 prisoners of conscience, four of the prisoners’ daughters, the brother of Chen Guangcheng, and ChinaAid founder and president, Bob Fu, testified at a hearing held by the Taiwan Association for China Human Rights on Monday about the group, which has grown to be the “China 18.”

The hearing, held at 2 p.m., consisted of testimonies from Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang; “Lisa” Jiayin (corrected Dec. 4) Peng, daughter of Peng Ming; “Grace” Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng; “Bridgette” Qiao Chen, daughter of Liu Xianbin; “Danielle” Xiaodan Wang, daughter of Wang Zhiwen; Chen Guangfu, brother of Chen Guangcheng and father of imprisoned Chen Kegui; and Fu.
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Prisoners' Relatives Call for Reform Ahead of US-China Talks

RFA 2013-06-07

Barack Obama and Xi Jinping hold their first talks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Feb. 14, 2012.

The relatives of prominent Chinese political prisoners have called for political reform and for the release of their loved ones ahead of a summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.

"I have hope that when President Obama and President Xi Jinping meet ... that they will reaffirm these universal values of freedom, democracy, and justice," said Lisa Peng, daughter of political activist Peng Ming, a U.S. resident who is currently serving a life sentence in a Chinese jail after being seized by secret police while in Thailand.

"We have a new change of leadership in China at the moment, and every time we have this switch of leadership I feel like every Chinese citizen and every American citizen feels hopeful that there will be change, and that China will progress in a more universally friendly way in terms of respecting human rights," said Lisa Peng, whose planned summer visit to her father in 2004 was suddenly called off when he was kidnapped by Chinese state security police.

This week's "shirt-sleeves" informal talks between Obama and Xi at California's Sunnylands ranch are the first time the two are meeting in person since Xi took over as China's paramount leader.

Aimed at establishing a stronger personal relationship than currently exists between the two men, the visit is likely to be dominated by North Korea's nuclear program, cybersecurity, and the economy.

However, rights activists, democracy advocates and lawyers say political reform is crucial to success in many other areas of governance.

Campaigning for political prisoners' release

Peng, along with the relatives of veteran democracy activists Wang Bingzhang, Zhu Yufu, and Liu Xianbin spoke to RFA's Mandarin Service on a trip to Washington to campaign for Chinese political prisoners ahead of the presidential summit.

Wang's daughter Wang Tian'an said she was still in contact with her father by mail, but had been prevented from visiting him for the past five years.

"The last time I saw my father was in December 2008 when I went to visit him in the jail in Shaoguan," she said. "I was only able to spend about 30 minutes with my father."

"We talked about some of the activities I'd been involved in to advocate for my father, and about what was going on at home, and my education, what my plans were for the future," said Wang, who has been refused permission to return since the visit.

"I want to call on the Chinese government to release my father and to allow him to come home," she said. "I also want to thank everyone for their care and concern for my father."

Father's sacrifice

Chen Qiao, daughter of democracy and rights activist Liu Xianbin, said she didn't appreciate the magnitude of her father's sacrifice until she moved to the U.S. to attend school.

"I want to talk about the influence my father had on me, and how my opinion about him changed," she said. "Back in China, it's hard to find out the truth of these things, but after I came to the U.S., I came to recognize what my father is, and changed my opinion and my feelings about him."

But she added: "It's a source of great regret to me, that he and I never shared a father-daughter relationship like other people have."

"I was never able to mess around with him in a familiar sort of way, nor to tell him my innermost thoughts and feelings. It's a real shame. I know that my dad is a great person, but I have no way to be with him."

Meanwhile, Zhu Qiaofu, brother of jailed opposition party founder Zhu Yufu, called on both presidents to put human rights at the top of their agenda.

"Human rights is more important than the economy," Zhu said. "The U.S. got to be the way it is today because of its very free and democratic system."

"If the economy is now more important than human rights, then the U.S. won't stay the way it is now in the future," he said.

Sunnylands summit

The summit talks this week between Obama and Xi will be based on an unprecedented informal setting allowing for what the White House calls "real conversation and some candor."

But the sheer complexity of political, security, economic, and trade issues dogging the two governments could mean that human rights and political reform are sidelined, analysts say.

Obama, who is likely to send a strong message to Beijing on cyberespionage, is currently facing growing questions around the U.S. government's use of the telephone records of millions of Americans for counterterrorism purposes.

The Washington Post reported that the National Security Agency and the FBI are also tapping into the central servers of leading U.S. Internet companies to examine emails and photographs, although major service providers have denied giving the government direct access.

During his last meeting with Xi in February last year—before Xi took over the presidency—Obama pledged to "continue to emphasize" the importance of human rights and democracy.

But rights groups say there is a lack of information about precisely which individual cases have been raised between U.S. and Chinese officials.

Aside from Zhu, Peng, Liu, and Wang, there are a number of high-profile dissidents serving time for subversion in China, simply for calling publicly for political change.

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo is serving a 13-year jail term while his wife Liu Xia is under unlawful house arrest in Beijing, while top rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been returned to prison after being repeatedly disappeared and tortured by the authorities.

And the family of blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng, now in the U.S. following his daring escape from house arrest last year, continues to be targeted by local officials for harassment and retaliatory action by police.

Reported by Zhang Min for RFA's Mandarin Service. Translated and written in English by Luisetta Mudie.
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The Washington Free Beacon: Activists to Obama: Name China 16 in Xi Meeting

BY: Ellison Barber
June 6, 2013 5:05 pm

Xi Jinping, Barack Obama / AP

Activists convened Thursday in Washington to urge President Barack Obama to “raise by name” the subject of 16 Chinese political prisoners being held during his Friday meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The list of 16 dissidents is part of an effort by advocacy groups to bring focused attention to Chinese human rights violations. Obama will meet with Xi at an “informal” summit in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and activists hope he will take this time to address human rights issues with his Chinese counterpart.

“It’s time for our president, a democratically elected president, President Obama, to tell Mr. Xi Jinping, as long as the children of these prisoners are still being separated from their fathers, husbands separated from their wives, their parents are separated from their sons, the so called China dream will only be a broken one,” said Bob Fu, president and founder of China Aid Association.

Xi recently called on the Chinese people to tenaciously pursue a “Chinese dream.”

Officials from Amnesty International, the International Campaign for Tibet, and the family members of five prisoners who are a part of the “China 16” appeared Thursday at a press conference about the effort. According to Fu, the group is representative of “the tip of the iceberg” of many other prisoners.

Obama has faced criticism from some on his human rights record. Unlike his predecessors, they contend, he has failed to adequately address human rights violations.

“It’s poor bargaining on our part,” said Michael Horowitz, of the 21st Century Initiatives, speaking at the conclusion of Thursday’s event.

“History has shown that every time … the United States raises human rights issues, it gives us more leverage, not less,” he said, “to deal with all the other issues on the agenda. It then becomes important for China to change the agenda as it did with the Soviet Union.”

“China is a country which operates on a costs benefit basis,” Horowitz added. “And we want to make it clear as I think Reagan did over the issue of the Soviet Jews, if you want an improved relationship with the U.S. at no significant risk to you … you need to begin hearing these moving stories and finding ways to release the 16 and others like [them].”

One day prior to the China 16 event, a bipartisan group of congressmen wrote Obama with the same request.

Reps. Frank Wolf (R., Va.), James McGovern (D., Mass.), Chris Smith (R., N.J.), and Karen Bass (D., Calif.) wrote the president to request that he “raise the cases of the ‘China 16’ by name during your upcoming bilateral summit with President Xi Jinping of China and … call for their immediate and unconditional release. This letter speaks for itself and leads us to call upon you to advocate for the rights of prisoners of conscience, as your predecessors have done.”’

Ti-Anna Wang, the daughter of Dr. Wang Bingzhang, the “most prominent Chinese democracy leader,” was one family member who came Thursday to urge action and tell her father’s story.

Bingzhang was arrested in June 2002 and, according to his daughter, remains in solitary confinement today. He was a permanent resident of the United States before founding the “first overseas pro-democracy organization,” the Union of Chinese Democracy Movement.

“Having went through the Chinese Communist Party’s culture revolution and other horrible campaigns and purges,” she said Thursday, “he felt the Chinese people deserved a democracy ruled by law … My father gave up his promising career in medicine to devout his life to the democratic confirmation plan. So for 20 years my father dedicated himself to this ideal.”

Wang added that she and her family came to Washington, D.C., on this occassion because they were hopeful “that one more visit, and one successful request by the president … might finally result in [her father’s] freedom” and that “human rights will find a place on the president’s agenda in the upcoming meeting.”

Dr. Wang Bingzhang is one of the “China 16,” the group also includes Chen Kegui, Tenzin Delek, Gao Zhisheng, Guo Quan, Liu Xiaobo, Liu Xianbin, Peng Ming, Yang Rongli, Alimujiang Yimiti, Yang Tianshui, Zhu Yufu, Wang Zhiwen, Lobsang Tsering, Li Chang, Gulmira Imin.
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Reuters: Lawmakers, activists urge Obama to press Xi on China prisoners

WASHINGTON | Thu Jun 6, 2013 4:34pm EDT

Reporting by Paul Eckert; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

China's President Xi Jinping acknowledges Mexico's lawmakers after delivering a speech at the Senate in Mexico City June 5, 2013. Credit: Reuters/Tomas Bravo

(Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers and 30 human rights groups on Thursday urged PresidentBarack Obamato use a weekend summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to press for the freedom of 16 prominent political and religious prisoners.

The "China 16" include imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and political prisoners from the Tibetan and Uighur ethnic minorities, Christians and followers of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement.

Obama hosts Xi in California on Friday and Saturday for what both countries have billed as an informal summit focusing more on developing personal chemistry than on resolving specific disputes between the world's two biggest economies.

The 16 prisoners were "only the tip of the iceberg among hundreds of thousands of cases," blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng told a news conference in Washington, speaking by video from New York.

Chen made international headlines last year when he escaped house arrest and took refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing before flying to exile in New York to study law.

The 30 rights groups include Amnesty International, Jubilee Campaign and the International Campaign for Tibet and are backed by Democratic and Republican lawmakers. They called on Obama to restore human rights as a central issue in U.S.-China relations - as it had been in the first two decades after diplomatic ties were established in 1979.

"(We) call upon you to advocate for the rights of prisoners of conscience, as your predecessors have done," Republican Representatives Frank Wolf of Virginia and Chris Smith of New Jersey and Democratic Representatives James McGovern of Massachusetts and Karen Bass of California said in a letter to Obama.

A senior Obama administration official told reporters on Tuesday that, "As always, the president will forthrightly - and I think persuasively - raise American human rights concerns."

U.S. presidents routinely used to champion individual rights cases and during Bill Clinton's 1993-2001 tenure in the White House, China released well-known political prisoners on humanitarian grounds before bilateral summits.

But such releases have become rare since the United States gave Beijing permanent trading privileges in 2001, when China joined the World Trade Organization, ending an annual vote by the U.S. Congress based on a review of China's record.

"We all know how dangerous it is to get our hopes up, because we have had our hopes dashed on more than one occasion," Ti-Anna Wang told a news conference in Washington, where she has been lobbying on behalf her jailed father and other prisoners.

The 24-year-old Wang's father, Wang Bingzhang, is a physician serving life in prison for his role in overseas Chinese democracy movements. Wang and several other daughters of jailed dissidents fought back tears as they described growing up in exile in the United states, far from their jailed fathers.
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