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Entry of 5656
Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Most of the testimonies come from Asyla (or Asel') Alymkulova, who is 33 years old (as of December 2018) and a Kyrgyz citizen, born in Kyrgyzstan. One video testimony is delivered by her son, Baibolsun. The overall testimony has also been bolstered by information from Gene A. Bunin as obtained via interview and correspondence with Asyla.
Victim's relation to testifier
The victim is Asyla's husband and Baibolsun's father.
About the victim
Shaiyrbek Dauletkhan, an ethnic Kazakh from China who had been living in Kyrgyzstan since 2005 with his Kyrgyz wife, Asyla. The couple have one underage son, Baibolsun.
Shaiyrbek used to work as an acting director at Zhongyuan Energy and Mineral Resources Co., Ltd, a Chinese company with a branch in Bishkek.
Address in China (according to ID): Apt. 401, Entrance No. 3, Floor No. 1, 4 Anningliang Road, Xinshi District, Urumqi (乌鲁木齐市新市区安宁梁路4号1号楼3单元401号)
His passport number is available but not legible in the photo provided.
He was from Urumqi, so this is likely where he is being held.
When victim was detained
The last time that he went to China was in November 2016, for a business trip that was supposed to last 10 days. However, Shaiyrbek would call and say that he needed to stay longer, going on to spend the entire following year there and communicating with his family in Kyrgyzstan by phone. However, since October 2017, he has been completely out of touch, and it is presumed that this is when he was arrested.
Probable (or official) reason for detention
According to a company representative, Shaiyrbek was sent "to study" (i.e., to a camp). As of May 2019, Asyla still has not gotten any news of him.
According to her, the reply from Kyrgyz authorities has been that she should not worry as her husband is just "studying".
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
Asyla learned that her husband was in a camp from a company representative.
When Shaiyrbek first disappeared, neither his company in Kyrgyzstan nor the one in China seemed to know where he was. Eventually, a representative told Asyla that he was "studying", but Asyla couldn't find out what this meant, thinking it was a type of training. The representative said that they would try to get Asyla's husband out, but that there were no guarantees. Three months later, the person who was hired to replace him contacted Asyla and told him that her husband was in a political education camp.
Though not ethnically Kyrgyz, this victim has also been included in the list provided by the Committee in Support of the Chinese Kyrgyz: https://shahit.biz/supp/list_001.pdf
His story has also been written about by AFP (https://sg.news.yahoo.com/central-asians-cry-over-chinas-secret-detention-camps-101732331.html) and dpa international (http://www.dpa-international.com/topic/energy-executives-abroad-ensnared-china-xinjiang-crackdown-190221-99-75048)
Entry created: 2018-11-14
Last updated: 2019-05-22
Latest update from testifier: 2019-05-18