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Entry of 5656
Testifying party (submitted by third party)
Most testimonies come from Seiitbek Isa uulu, a China-born Kyrgyzstan citizen with over a dozen relatives detained in Xinjiang. One testimony is from Bubuazhar Orozobai, another China-born Kyrgyzstan citizen.
Victim's relation to testifier
The victim is Bubuazhar's uncle. Seiitbek Isa is a more distant relative.
About the victim
Nurmambet Osmon uulu was a TV reporter, editor, cameraman, and poet from Kizilsu's Aqchi County, where he worked for the local TV station.
Presumably in a prison in Kizilsu.
When victim was detained
In the summer of 2016. At least one of the video testimonies gives his arrest date as June 2016. His brother Almambet reports it as July, saying that he was hastily sentenced to 13 years in proceedings that took less than a month, with his family threatened into signing a statement that they agreed with the sentence.
Probable (or official) reason for detention
According to Almambet, the charge wasn't clear. An RFA report from August 2017 has a source claiming that he was sentenced on vague religious charges, however.
Presumably serving a 13-year sentence, but his relatives have had no news of him since the sentencing.
How did the testifier learn about the victim's status?
Presumably through relatives in the region, especially as this happened in 2016.
Mentioned in an RFA report (https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kyrgyz-08212017162912.html):
"The businessman gave several examples of Kyrgyz in Xinjiang who received harsh punishments for so-called religious violations, including a herder named Abu Talip that was sentenced to 17 years for “growing a beard” and a television reporter from Kizilsu’s Akchi (in Chinese, Akeqi) county who received 13 years for “praying.”"
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
Suspected human rights violations
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 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.
Entry created: 2018-12-04
Last updated: 2019-07-04
Latest update from testifier: 2019-07-04