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Shafkat Abas
Shafkat Abas
Likely place of origin
place of origin unclear
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
When first detained
Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Amnesty International has issued a campaign for him in which they outlined his case. His brother, Jaudat, who had initiated the Amnesty campaign, has also testified for him publicly.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is Jaudat's brother.

About the victim

Shafkat Abas, a member of the Tatar ethnic minority, had studied traditional Uyghur medicine at the Xinjiang Uyghur Medicine College in Hotan for five years. Afterwards, he opened his own Uyghur medicine clinic. He's married and has three children.

Clinic's address: Apt. 1, Entrance No. 1, Building No. 1, 14 South Dawan Road, Tianshan District, Urumqi (鲁木齐市天山区大湾南路14号米兰1号楼1单元1号).

Victim's location

Possibly a prison in Changji.

When victim was detained

March 13, 2017.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

There are a number of likely reasons. One is that his brother had used his computer to access foreign websites while visiting. Other potential reasons are that he had an elderly patient who was an imam and his possessing a number of banned religious books.

Victim's status

In prison, according to his family.

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

In May 2017, his brother flew to Urumqi from Australia to find out more about Shafkat Abas’s detention. He went to a police station in Nanhu District in Urumqi to inquire about visiting him. When speaking to a vice police commissioner on May 8, he was told that visiting his brother was not possible, but that they would contact him if he left a copy of his passport and phone number. However, there's been no word since.

Additional information

Amnesty International report: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/7678/2018/en/

His business listing: https://www.atobo.com.cn/GongShang/950/4DF4583EDC294B41A04BDA813F6F9B26.html

Case mentioned in: https://centralasiaprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kasikci-CAP-Paper-219-June-2019.pdf

Suspected human rights violations

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 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.
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 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.
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.

Supplementary materials

brother's video testimony (1)
brother's video testimony (2)
brother's metoouyghur

Entry created: 2019-04-02

Last updated: 2019-09-21

Latest update from testifier: 2019-09-07