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Abdusattar Qarahajim
Abdusattar Qarahajim
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
When first detained
Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018
Probable detention reason
Health status
Deaths (2017-) 

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Gülchichek, Aqsu City, woman of about 45-50 yrs, in Turkey since Nov 2001, has been visited by brothers and father and has regularly visited XJ and Aqsu every 4-5 years since, last visit was in 2015 (July–Oct) for 3 months. Testifying about what she saw there with her own eyes. Very upset with what she saw. Many of her relatives were sent to prison during this time. What she describes sounds like a trauma: not being able to breathe, no appetite etc. She attributes it to seeing so much injustice, and from not being able to see so many of her relatives as they had been detained. Stayed with her mother (80years of age). She was afraid to speak up about it, couldn't even express her shock towards her relatives. They wouldn't let her into the hospital because she was wearing a headscarf. She walked around carrying and showing her Turkish passport all the time. The Han police officiers have large sticks (shows about an arm's length) that they beat people with before taking them along and lock tehm up (solumaq). The police was beating someone and she saw this person (male) pay 500 yuan to them in order not to be taken along to the police station afterwards. Reports that in one district (dadöy, kent, 大队) the police had been given the assignment (wezipe) of arresting all men between 18-40. Presumably the Xorchöl District (Gongxi) in Awat county (nahiye) of Aqsu City, where seemingly most of her family lives.

Victim's relation to testifier

uncle (taghimiz; can also mean more distant relative)

About the victim

Abdusattar Qarahajim, 80, from Xorchöl District (Gongxi) in Awat county (nahiye) Aqsu prefecture, scholar or intellectual (alim), deceased

Victim's location

Buried in Xorchöl District (Gongxi) in Awat county (nahiye), Aqsu

When victim was detained

Feb 2018, "was made a martyr by the Chinese"

Probable (or official) reason for detention

He "was made a martyr by the Chinese" which could mean that he had been critical and treated violently or abusive or also just that he had died in custody.

Victim's status


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

Heard from others in Istanbul

Additional information

This video is a good one to text and put out as an example of testimonies: lots of detail, some eyewitness (or at least presence), emotional, feels trustworthy.

Supplementary materials

video testimony

Entry created: 2018-11-19

Last updated: 2018-11-19

Latest update from testifier: 2018-10-21