Kazakh writer Nagyz Muhammed was arrested in March 2018 in Xinjiang, China, after his last visit to
Kazakhstan. His family learned through word of mouth that, due to a dinner he had with friends on Kazakhstan
Independence Day about 10 years ago, Nagyz Muhammed was convicted in a secret trial on charges of
“separatism” and sentenced to seven years in prison. No contact has been made with him for more than two
years and, without official information about his whereabouts or alleged trial and conviction, there are grave
concerns for Nagyz Muhammed’s wellbeing.
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