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Zhiger Toqai
Zhiger Toqai
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
formal prison (10 years)
When first detained
Apr. 2017 - June 2017
Probable detention reason
Health status
has problems
Forced labor cases  From prolonged detention to prison  Testimonies mentioning specific prisons  Testimonies mentioning specific camps  Testimonies mentioning specific factories 

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Three of the testimonies are from Barbolsyn Aitzhan and two are from Dinagul Zhumagul. Both are Kazakhstan citizens.

Furthermore, an anonymous ex-detainee who was the victim's cellmate also contributed to the testimony.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is the son of Barbolsyn's neighbor and Dinagul's nephew.

About the victim

Zhiger Toqai, a Chinese citizen, immigrated to Kazakhstan in 2013, living in Kentau (Turkistan Region) for a year before starting his studies at Almaty’s Satbayev University.

Address: Sarewulin Village (萨热吾林村), Emyl Township (也门勒乡), Tacheng Municipality.

Victim's location

Allegedly in Wusu Prison.

When victim was detained

He went back to China during the summer break of 2017, both for health reasons and to obtain a new passport. The passport was not issued, making it impossible for him to return and finish his degree. In June 2017, he was arrested and sent to camp.

Based on the ex-detainee's testimony, it follows that Zhiger was at some point transferred to the newly finished camp facility on Saimachang Road in Tacheng, before being sentenced towards the end of 2018 and transferred to prison (as confirmed by a source on February 3, 2019, and later by the ex-detainee in September 2019).

Probable (or official) reason for detention

According to the testifiers, he was arrested for "writing a verse that leads to ethnic separatism" (he allegedly wrote a poetry verse disapproving of Kazakh women marrying Han Chinese men).

Victim's status

Presumably in prison serving a 10-year sentence.

Because Zhongxin LLC (乌苏众鑫农工贸有限责任公司) operates out of Wusu Prison (http://archive.is/RbYxM), there is the likelihood of the victim being subjected to forced labor.

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

It isn't clear how Barbolsyn and Dinagul learned about Zhiger's status, though very likely through contacts in the region. The ex-detainee was in the same cell as Zhiger for some time.

Additional information


Suspected human rights violations

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 13: We all have the right to go where we want to in our own country and to travel abroad as we wish.
Article 19: We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people wherever they live, through books, radio, television and in other ways.

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
about Wusu Prison
detention facility prior to prison

Entry created: 2019-01-19

Last updated: 2020-01-01

Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-08