Sign for Alim


Uyghur Christian house church leader Alimujiang Yimiti was detained on Jan. 12, 2008, for “inciting separatism” and “unlawfully providing state secrets to overseas organizations” and formally arrested on Feb. 20. He had previously been accused 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.”

The Uyghurs are one of China’s officially recognized ethnic minorities, and are predominantly Muslim, living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. Alim was sentenced to 15 years in prison after a series of secret trials on Aug. 6, 2009.

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