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Entry of 5656
Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Both testimonies are delivered by Muslihiddin Salimov, a Kyrgyz from Kyrgyzstan.
Victim's relation to testifier
The victim is Muslihiddin's friend.
About the victim
Turdakun Abylet is originally from Kizilsu's Ulughchat County. After coming to Kyrgyzstan in April 2015, he would go on to obtain Kyrgyz citizenship in 2017.
Presumably at his family's home in Ulughchat County, Kizilsu Prefecture.
When victim was detained
He returned to China after the Chinese authorities summoned him so that his father would be released from re-education camp. Turdakun was then detained in May 2017.
Probable (or official) reason for detention
According to Muslihiddin, not going through the de-registration process.
There has been a lot of confusion regarding his status.
Everyone agrees that he spent a prolonged amount of time (over a year) in a re-education camp. Then, in early December 2018, it was announced by the Committee in Support of the Chinese Kyrgyz - and reported by Radio Azattyk (https://www.azattyk.org/a/29662559.html) - that he was freed, but would stay at home to look after his sick father. The Committee mentioned that it would try to lobby the Kyrgyz government so as to get him his passport, allowing him to return to Kyrgyzstan. Specifically, the Committee wrote the following on a public forum:
"Freed last week [early December] as we learned. We talked to Abylet - he said that he needs to stay to take care of his sick father (we gather they were in detention together). But we're to follow up with the Kyrgyz authorities to have consular officers visit him, make sure he's got his passport and can leave PRC. If necessary evacuate him to the border post. They live just a few km away from Torugart pass."
However, a January 2019 article that followed soon after, in The Qazaq Times (https://qazaqtimes.com/en/article/54783), had the Committee claiming that Abylet's "release" had been staged. Nevertheless, later conversations between Gene A. Bunin and Committee members in the spring and summer of 2019 seemed to suggest that he was not in detention, though his prospects to return to Kyrgyzstan were not bright.
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
On numerous occasions, Muslihiddin has reported having phone conversations with Turdakun, though it's not clear if all the updates to his case were obtained this way, as the Kyrgyz authorities also appear to have been involved.
His case was previously mentioned in a Radio Free Asia story from August 2017 (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kyrgyz-08212017162912.html):
"He said that in some cases, Xinjiang police are even detaining citizens of Kyrgyzstan traveling to the region, citing the case of a young man named Tudahun, who had recently become a Kyrgyz national.
“He was detained as soon as he entered China a few weeks ago,” he said, adding that it was unclear what had happened to him."
This victim is also included in the list provided by the Committee in Support of the Chinese Kyrgyz: http://shahit.biz/supp/list_001.pdf
Entry created: 2018-11-27
Last updated: 2019-05-20
Latest update from testifier: 2019-06-15