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Nurbolat Shalait
Nurbolat Shalait
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
outside China
Last reported det. type
When first detained
Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017
Probable detention reason
Health status
has problems
Examples of international / media pressure on Xinjiang authorities  Covered in international media 

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Testimony 1-2: Sayagul Nurbolatqyzy was born on March 2, 2000 in Xinjiang, China. In July 2014, she came to Kazakhstan with her mother, and would obtain Kazakhstan citizenship in April 2017.

Testimony 3: Sandugash Nurbolatqyzy was born on May 11, 2004 and goes to school in Almaty. She immigrated to Kazakhstan with her family in 2014.

Victim's relation to testifier

Testimony 1-3: The victim is the testifiers' father.

About the victim

Nurbolat Shalayit (努尔波拉提*沙拉依提) came to Kazakhstan with one of his daughters on December 8, 2016, with the intention of settling down. In order to catch up with the school year in Kazakhstan, they didn't wait to get all of the money that they had sold their house in China for, receiving only a portion and prompting Nurbolat to go back to China to get the rest on February 3, 2017. However, his passport was taken away upon arrival in China.

In accordance with the law, the victim's wife and daughter had to send him an invitation letter, but could not do this as they did not possess a house in Kazakhstan. Sayagul's uncle, a resident of Almaty, sent the invitation letter later, on June 18, 2017. Although her father got back his passport from the local authorities after receiving the invitation letter, border control refused him passage across the border, insisting on a permit/letter from the local police. The local police took away his passport when he went there to get the permit, however.

Address: 56-1 Hebin Road, Nainiuchang (奶牛场), Yining Municipality, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

DOB: April 12, 1971. Chinese ID: 654122197104123516.

Victim's location

Now back in Kazakhstan.

When victim was detained

His passport was confiscated on February 3, 2017.

On March 28, 2018, he would contact his family in Kazakhstan, saying that he may be sent to a re-education camp (as inferred from him telling his wife to take a good care of their daughters, and to be brave). He'd disappear for many months after that, all the way until his return.

Probable (or official) reason for detention


Victim's status

He had to stay in relatives' houses as he had sold his own. Healthwise, he has been suffering from gastritis and enteritis.

According to Sayagul on February 20, 2019 (in a private correspondence), however, he returned to Kazakhstan on February 19.

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

Previously via WeChat, although the victim became scared of talking about his health problems to his wife at some point, claiming that everything was fine with him.

Testimony 3: He had a phone call with his wife on March 26, 2017 [this date may be reported incorrectly].

Additional information

This story has also been featured in ChinaAid: http://www.chinaaid.org/2018/04/take-good-care-of-children-father-weeps.html

Global Voices also ran his story (albeit a day after he returned to Kazakhstan): https://globalvoices.org/2019/02/19/man-returns-to-his-native-xinjiang-and-disappears-a-story-too-common-for-the-headlines/

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Chinese ID

Entry created: 2018-10-09

Last updated: 2018-10-09

Latest update from testifier: 2019-02-20