Bahram K. Sintash
I have been building a website called Uyghurism.com to launch digital copies of “Xinjiang Civilization” — it is the least I can do for my father, about whom I have heard no news since he was detained.
Bahram K. Sintash is an Open-Source Researcher, Uyghur activist and he has vast knowledge of Uyghur history and culture from both his own readings of many Uyghur books and from his parents, who are both well-known Uyghur editors.
He graduated in art and design from Xinjiang Art Institute and worked as a stage designer at XJTV Station for three years in Urumqi. His education and career in art mainly relates to and stems from Uyghur culture and history. In his younger years, he traveled to every Uyghur region to study Uyghur culture and architecture. He published his research on Uyghur architecture history in the Xinjiang Art Institute Journal in 2005. In 2006, he studied Media and Journalism at the Xinjiang Radio & Television institute. He continued his career as a Multimedia Designer after he moved to the US. In 2016, he studied User Experience Design to improve his skill in app design and social media campaign strategy at General Assembly in Washington DC.
He is an Uyghur activist and since he has learned about his father Qurban Mamut’s detention in 2018, he really started his activism in high gear. He understood his responsibility in being the voice of the voiceless Uyghurs in the concentration camps in his homeland.
He has worked tirelessly in hopes of bringing more attention to the plight of Uyghurs. He has worked closely with news agencies around the world and provided valuable information and analysis about his father and the Uyghur crisis to the news. Since 2018, he received more than 50 interviews from reporters around the world; and many of his quotes were covered on mainstream news such as, NY Times, Business Insider and TRT World. His op-ed China is trying to destroy Uighur culture. We're trying to save it was published in the Washington Post on March 18th 2019.
In November 2018, he built Uyghurism.com to preserve digital copies of the popular Uyghur journal Xinjiang Civilization. He has also investigated and researched demolished mosques, Islamic architectures, Uyghur neighborhoods and Uyghur cemeteries; in order to expose China’s cultural on-going genocide in XUAR to the world. He published a list of demolished mosques on Uyghurism.com after one month of investigation in April 2019. Guardian and AFP used the list of demolished mosques he published for their repost as source of evidence. He has been working closely with AFP reporters for two in-depth reports on cultural genocide in XUAR. In July, the first AFP report was published and brought a big impact; and now the second repost is under process. He successfully completed an Uyghur Cultural Genocide report for UHRP and presented his research at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in June.
Since December 2018, he has published short news videos to expose the Uyghur plight on Sintash Media’s Facebook account. Many of those videos were viewed tens of thousands of times on Social Media. He designed more than 30 posters for a worldwide Uyghur campaign. The posters he has designed were used more than 100 times in Uyghur protests and expos in many cities around the world. In June 2019, he established Uyghur American Meshrep Group and mobilized Uyghur Americans to urge the U.S. Congress to ratify the Uyghur Human Right Policy Act of 2019. He visited more than 380 senators and congressmen/congresswomen's offices with his group in Washington DC.
On July 30th, he started the #ProveThe90% campaign and mobilized Uyghurs overseas on Social Media. The hashtag is a reference to remarks made by the Xinjiang chairman, Shohrat Zakir. Many news agencies and news outlets published their news using the #ProveThe90% hashtag as important evidence to expose China’s lies regarding the reality of concentration camps in XUAR. This Social Media campaign became the most effective movement (Google search results of ProveThe90 hit 430,000 in less than 2 days) after the #MeTooUyghur campaigns. He was also one of the core members who started the #MeTooUyghur campaign.
Qurban Mamut worked for the most popular Uyghur journal Xinjiang Cultural from 1985 until he retired as editor-in-chief in 2011, and was known for selecting works by the region’s most influential writers on Uyghur culture, history, politics and social development for publication.
Qurban Mamut played an important role in illuminating the ethnic consciousness in a most cultured manner.
The main goal of the Xinjiang Civilization journal was teaching Uyghurs to understand themselves, educate them about the Uyghur culture and history. The essays and articles in the journal were mainly focused on the thoughts behind our reality and keeping our culture alive for the next generation.
Bahram K Sintash