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Entry of 6598

Nurgazy Malik
Nurgazy Malik
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
When first detained
Apr. 2017 - June 2017
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status
Deaths (2017-) 

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

One testimony is delivered by Muhtar Mursalim, a relative of the victim. Two more are delivered by Qyzyrgazy Malik, the victim's brother.

Victim's relation to testifier

[see above]

About the victim

Nurgazy Malik was a well-known Kazakh imam who worked at a local mosque in Ulanbay Village in Urumqi County. He graduated from the Xinjiang Islamic Institute in 1998.

A CPPCC member from the Urumqi region, he attended a meeting with Xi Jinping when the latter visited Xinjiang. He was also the editor-in-chief of the magazine "Zhuma Uagyzdary" ("Friday Sermon"), which publishes religous content in Kazakh and is approved by the Xinjiang authorities.

His wife and two children live in Urumqi.

Victim's location

Reported to have died in Karamay. It is not clear if his body was transported anywhere or if he was given a proper burial.

When victim was detained

Muhtar reports his detention time as April 2017, while Qyzyrgazy says that he was detained on May 20, 2017 and taken to "camp".

Probable (or official) reason for detention

Unknown. [However, according to a former colleague of the victim, the majority of the government-approved imams they had worked with have been detained, suggesting general persecution of religious figures.]

Victim's status

According to Qyzyrgazy, they heard that he died at the "camp" at the end of November 2018. Although his death was not confirmed officially at the time, they still held a funeral in Kazakhstan for him.

In January 2019, Chinese officials allegedly confirmed that Nurgazy had died in detention.

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

Presumably through contacts in the region. The death was allegedly confirmed by Chinese officials.

Additional information

The family is now asking the Chinese government to explain his detention and death before the UN Human Rights Council.

Suspected human rights violations

Article 5: Nobody has any right to hurt us or to torture us.
Article 7: The law is the same for everyone. It must treat us all fairly.
Article 8: We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.
Article 9: Nobody has the right to put us in prison without a good reason, to keep us there or to send us away from our country.
Article 18: We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want.

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
photo at Tian'anmen

Entry created: 2018-10-24

Last updated: 2018-10-24

Latest update from testifier: 2019-01-21