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Erlan Qabden
Erlan Qabden
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
formal prison (19 years)
When first detained
Apr. 2018 - June 2018
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status
Forced labor cases  From prolonged detention to prison  Testimonies mentioning specific prisons 

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Three different people testify. The first is Gulbaqyt Sharapi, the victim's friend. The second is the victim's cousin, Bolathan Asetuly Qumarbekov. The third is Bauyrzhan Muratqanuly Qumarbekov, who refers to the victim as his "sister".

Victim's relation to testifier

[see above]

About the victim

Erlan Qabden was a medical professional.

Address: Hefeng County, Tacheng region, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China.

Victim's location

The Xinjiang Women’s Prison.

Address: 1327 Dongzhan Road, Urumqi (乌鲁木齐市东站路1327号). [This is also the location of the Qixin Clothing Factory/Company (新疆启新服装有限责任公司).]

Google Maps address: https://www.google.com/maps/@43.9351367,87.5810662,1129m/data=!3m1!1e3

Phone number: 0991-6614592

When victim was detained

There is some conflict in the testimonies regarding the time of the initial detention, with Bauyrzhan insisting that it was in March 2019. However, as the first testimonies for her were from before that, it is likely that what is reported there (June 2018) is closer to the truth. According to Bauyrzhan, she was held at a women's prison [possibly detention center] in Qaramay before officially being transferred to the women's prison in Urumqi on June 14, 2019.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

She was allegedly detained for attending a morning flag raising ceremony while wearing a headscarf. She did so because the day before she had blood drawn from her head as a treatment for her headaches.

The official crimes for which she has been sentenced are "using extremism to undermine law enforcement" and "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble".

Victim's status

In prison, serving a 19-year sentence.

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

[Presumably through contacts in the region.]

Additional information


Suspected human rights violations

Article 4: Nobody has any right to make us a slave. We cannot make anyone else our slave.
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 10: If someone is accused of breaking the law they have the right to a fair and public trial.
Article 11: Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it has been proved that they did it. If people say we did something bad, we have the right to show this was not true. Nobody should punish us for something that we did not do, or for doing something which was not against the law when we did it.
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.
Article 20: We all have the right to meet our friends and to work together in peace to defend our rights. Nobody can make us join a group if we don’t want to.
Article 22: We all have the right to a home, to have enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill. We should all be allowed to enjoy music, art, craft, sport and to make use of our skills.
Article 23: Every grown up has the right to a job, to get a fair wage for their work, and to join a trade union.

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
appeal letter
official incarceration notice

Entry created: 2019-01-14

Last updated: 2019-08-06

Latest update from testifier: 2019-08-05