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Entry of 6598
Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Multiple sources, according to RFA.
Victim's relation to testifier
About the victim
Halmurat Ghopur was the president of the Xinjiang Food and Drug Administration's Department of Inspection and Supervision in Urumqi. He previously served as the President of Xinjiang Medical University Hospital.
His legacy includes official acknowledgement for developing a treatment for respiratory illnesses which combined Western and traditional Uyghur medicine.
Likely in Urumqi, as that is where he was born and worked.
When victim was detained
Probable (or official) reason for detention
"Exhibiting separatist tendencies" and "plotting to create a Muslim caliphate".
When the state security police came to arrest Ghopur in late 2017, he demanded to know why. An officer told him that he had exhibited "nationalistic tendencies" and read off some of his conversations on the WeChat app that the police had been monitoring. Officials also confiscated his computer.
Mr. Ghopur was later featured, alongside four other high-profile Uyghur intellectuals also sentenced to death or life in prison, in an officially produced "political study" film, which was made required viewing for all government cadres in Xinjiang. The film accuses Mr. Ghopur of plotting to "create a Muslim Caliphate in the region by 2030." Other sources confirm receiving "an official document" stating that Mr. Ghopur planned to create an independent country and become its leader.
Two-year suspended death sentence [presumably in a detention house, since that is where those with death sentences are typically kept].
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
Through official documents and a government-produced film.
RFA coverage: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/sentence-09282018145150.html
This victim is also included in the list of prominent detained Uyghurs, available at: shahit.biz/supp/list_003.pdf
Uyghur Wikipedia entry: https://ug.wikipedia.org/wiki/خالمۇرات_غوپۇر
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 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 12: Nobody should try to harm our good name. Nobody has the right to come into our home, open our letters, or bother us or our family without a very good reason.
Entry created: 2018-10-28
Last updated: 2019-07-16
Latest update from testifier: 2018-09-28