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Venera Muqatai (维丽娜·木哈太)

Chinese ID: 654221195910010081 (Dorbiljin)

Age: 55+    Detention reason: challenging authority    Detention type: house/town arrest
Gender: F    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Kazakh    Profession: unclear    Location: Tacheng

List(s): Victims for journalists/delegates to visit or inquire about, Camp releases (late 2018 / early 2019), Testimonies mentioning specific camps, Covered in international media

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: sister

Testimony 2-8: mother

About the victim

Venera Muqataiqyzy.

DOB: 1959.

Victim's location

Dorbiljin (Emin) County, Targabatai (Tacheng) Region, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China

When victim was detained

Testimony 4: March 15, 2018.

Testimony 8: According to Akikat, his mother was detained after going to the local authorities to asking the reason for her husband's and sons' detention. [Possible that this was not all on March 15, but still fairly close together.] She was first taken to a concentration camp in Tu'ergun Village, then transferred to the No. 13 People's hospital in Emin County because of her high blood pressure, and then transferred to a heating company (热力公司) that had been converted into a camp. She was released from camp at the end of 2018.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

Likely because of her husband's legal complaints (see entry 167).

Testimony 8: she was detained when demanding why her husband and sons were arrested.

Victim's status

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.

Testimony 7: A camera may have been installed in the victim's home.

She also suffers from high blood pressure and may have suffered some injuries from the time spent in camp.

How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?

Testimony 4: They had a phone call on January 27, 2019.

Testimony 8: from people in Emin who came to Kazakhstan.

Additional information

While in camp, the victim was considered a "dangerous person" with people not allowed to talk to her.

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/

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
Testimony 6
Testimony 7
Testimony 8
Akikat's Facebook post

Entry created: 2018-10-23

Last updated: 2019-08-18

Latest update from testifier: 2019-08-07