A senior Uyghur publishing executive and Communist Party official was arrested in July on suspicion he was involved in “separatism and religious extremism activities,” a source in the publishing sector told RFA’s Uyghur Service.
Abdurahman Abey, approximately 65, had a 40-year career in writing and publishing in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), serving as director of the official Xinhua Bookstore, and from 2005-2015 as director and Communist Party deputy secretary of the Xinjiang People’s Publishing House.
In Chinese media he had been portrayed as an “energetic publisher” who won national awards in the field every year from 2003-13.
Following an anonymous tip that Abey was arrested in July, RFA’s Uyghur Service called official organizations in Xinjiang, including the Uyghur Autonomous Regional Party Committee, the Discipline Inspection Commission, the Organization Department, the Cultural Supervision Bureau and the Xinjiang People’s Publishing House.
A staff member at the Xinjiang Youth Publishing House confirmed the arrest of Abey and gave some details.
“During the time when he was working at the Xinjiang People’s Publishing House (Abey) was implicated in separatism and religious extremism activities. Therefore he is under arrest and further investigation,” said the staffer.
“He left the youth publishing house a long time ago, and the incidents took place after he started working in the People’s Publishing House, and his arrest has been reported within Xinjiang,” the staffer added.