Entry of 7434

This is a strong (Tier-1) testimony.
Abidin Ayup
Abidin Ayup
Likely place of origin
Likely current location
Last reported det. type
no news for over a year
When first detained
Probable detention reason
related to religion
Health status
has problems
Local media coverage 

See raw/original

Testifying party

Testimony 1: Anonymous, but with a verified identity. (relation unclear)

Testimony 2|3: Mariye Muhemmed, originally from Atush but now residing in Boston, where she helps operate an Uyghur restaurant. (niece)

Testimony 4: Official court document, as used in court proceedings in the People's Republic of China.

Testimony 5: Mariye Muhemmed, as reported by Radio Free Asia Uyghur. (niece)

About the victim

Abidin Ayup is a respected religious leader, now over 90 years old. He was the imam of Qayraq Mosque in Atush's Bostan Neighborhood for around 30 years.

Address: Ustun Atush Municipality, Atush City, Kizilsu Prefecture.

Victim's location

He was detained and then hospitalized in Atush, judging by the court verdict, so it is reasonable to assume that he was kept in the locality (and not transferred elsewhere).

When victim was detained

It is unclear when the original detention took place, but the available evidence makes it reasonable to hypothesize that it was sometime between January and April 2017, since in May 2017 the victim was already "hospitalized following detention" (被收押住院). It is not clear when/if he was transferred elsewhere afterwards.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

The court document refers to the victim as "an inheritor of religious extremist thought" (宗教极端思想传承人) and "a key person for reform through education" (重点教育改造人员), suggesting that he was detained for his identity as a religious leader.

Victim's status

The court verdict indicates both that he was detained and that he's in poor health (as of May 2017). However, it is not clear what his current status is.

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

It is not clear how the earlier news of Abidin was obtained by his relatives abroad [likely through relatives in the region]. The later confirmation came from an official court verdict mentioning the victim as hospitalized following his detention.

Additional information

Link to the official court verdict: http://archive.is/mNrdp

RFA coverage: https://www.rfa.org/uyghur/xewerler/diniy-zat-01142020161605.html

Supplementary materials

Testimony 2
Testimony 3

Entry created: 2019-07-11

Last updated: 2020-02-15

Latest update from testifier: 2020-01-07