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Nurmambet Osmon

Chinese ID: 65302319770412??O? (Akchi)

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: related to religion    Detention type: formal prison
Gender: M    Detention time: before 2017    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Kyrgyz    Profession: media/journalism    Location: Kizilsu

List(s): Covered in international media, Before Chen Quanguo

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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.

Victim's location

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.

Victim's status

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.

Additional information

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

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 4
Testimony 3

Entry created: 2018-12-04

Last updated: 2019-07-04

Latest update from testifier: 2019-07-04