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Entry of 7432
Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Testimony 1: Berikbol Muqatai came to Kazakhstan in 2003 and obtained Kazakhstani citizenship in 2008.
Testimony 2-8: Akikat Kaliolla was born on July 16, 1984; his ID number is 043035711.
Victim's relation to testifier
Testimony 1: nephew
Testimony 2-8: brother
About the victim
Dorbiljin (Emin) County, Targabatai (Tacheng) Region, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China
When victim was detained
Testimony 4: March 15, 2018
Testimony 8: Detained together with his brother (after his father and before their mother). Akikat had heard that he was verbally sentenced to 8 years, but would be released at the end of 2018 (which Akikat believes is the result of his campaigning).
Probable (or official) reason for detention
Likely because of his father's legal complaint (see entry 167).
Testimony 4: Judging from a phone call on January 27, 2019 (between Akikat and his family), his mother and his two younger brothers have been released (though likely to house arrest).
Testimony 5: According to someone who recently came to Kazakhstan from China, the family was once more taken to camp not long after the phone call.
Testimony 6: The victim is still under house arrest, with cameras installed in their home.
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
Testimony 4: they had a phone conversation on January 27, 2019.
Testimony 8: from people in Emin who came to Kazakhstan.
This family's story has also been featured in the AFP story: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kazakh-families-torn-apart-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown-032511957.html
Global Voices has also covered Akikat's story: https://globalvoices.org/2019/02/09/i-wont-stop-kazakh-man-seeks-justice-for-family-caught-in-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown/
Entry created: 2018-10-23
Last updated: 2019-08-18
Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-30