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Kaliolla Tursynuly

Chinese ID: 652522194905040055


Age: 55+    Detention reason: challenging authority    Detention type: formal prison
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Kazakh    Profession: law    Location: unclear

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Testimony 1: Berikbol Muqatai came to Kazakhstan in 2003 and obtained Kazakhstani citizenship in 2008.

Testimony 2-6: Akikat Kaliolla was born on July 16, 1984; his ID number is 043035711.

Relation to victim

Testimony 1: brother-in-law

Testimony 2-6: father

About the victim

Kaliolla Tursynuly (哈力尤拉·吐尔逊) worked as a legal consultant in Emin County, and is a retired cadre.

DOB: May 4, 1949. Chinese passport: E23021968.

Victim's location

Dorbiljin (Emin) County, Targabatai (Tacheng) Region, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China

When victim was detained

Testimony 6: March 15, 2018.

Reason given for detention

Testimony 5: sentenced for "impeding state affairs"

According to Akikat, local authorities beat to death a 43-year-old ethnic Kazakh man named Zhumakeldi at the beginning of March 2018, after which Zhumakeldi's relatives begged for Akikat's father to write a complaint, which the latter did and sent to Beijing. However, the letter was intercepted and on March 15 the authorities detained the whole family.

Victim's status

G. A. Bunin: Akikat Kaliolla told me on January 25, 2019 that he had just learned that day that his father had been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Testimony 4: he has been suffering from liver cirrhosis and hypotension.

Testimony 6: Has long suffered from liver cirrhosis, heart disease, and rheumatic arthritis. He's also had surgery done on his leg before for a comminuted fracture. Akikat fears that he may have passed away or is critically ill, and that the sentence is an attempt to cover this up.

Akikat also says that his father was taken to the hospital in handcuffs in April 2018, before being taken away again following treatment. There has been no concrete news since.

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

Akikat Kaliolla's wife went to the Chinese consulate in Almaty and was told this news by the officials.

Additional information

This family's story has also been featured in the AFP story: https://www.yahoo.com/news/kazakh-families-torn-apart-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown-032511957.html

Global Voices has also covered Akikat's story: https://globalvoices.org/2019/02/09/i-wont-stop-kazakh-man-seeks-justice-for-family-caught-in-chinas-xinjiang-crackdown/

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
Testimony 6
Testimony 7
Akikat's Facebook post
Testimony 6 (English subtitles)

Entry created: 2018-10-23

Last updated: 2019-05-18

Latest update from testifier: 2019-04-30