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Hesenjan Qari (艾山江·卡日)

Chinese ID: 653021196912201618 (Atush)

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: concentration camp
Gender: M    Detention time: Jan. 2017 - Mar. 2017    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: private business    Location: Kizilsu

List(s): Testimonies mentioning specific camps, Victims with foreign residence, Covered in international media

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Testifying party (submitted by third party)

A number of relatives have testified for the victim: his daughter Fatima, his mother-in-law Arzigul (Kazakhstan citizen), his wife Gulshen (Uzbekistan citizen), Gulshen's sister Gulghunche (Kazakhstan citizen), and relatives Adiljan Mamutov and Nesridin Ablimit.

Victim's relation to testifier

[see above]

About the victim

Hesenjan Qari, born in Atush, is a Chinese citizen. He got into business after completing middle school, and would spend many years as a textile trader, coming and going between China and Central Asia.

In 1997, he got married to Gulshen Manapova in Uzbekistan. The couple spent some years in Tashkent and later moved to Shymkent, Kazakhstan. Their six children all hold Kazakhstan passports.

Registered address in China: 090 Great Bazaar Road, Songtake Village (松他克村), Songtake Township, Atush City, Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture.

Chinese passport: G57431746. Kazakhstan green card: 040758336.

Victim's location

In Atush, in the Fifth District Camp. [unclear which camp this is]

When victim was detained

He had his documents confiscated in February 2017 while going back to China to visit relatives, and was taken to a camp in September 2017. In April 2018, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, with the relatives in Atush receiving a corresponding paper document. However, the relatives reported receiving a call from the police in December 2018, where the authorities told them that they were taking Hesenjan back to camp and asked for the relatives to send over clothes. In early May 2019, his wife Gulshen wrote an appeal letter to an EU delegation in which she stated that she had recently learned that he had been transferred to a C-level camp (the worst kind).

Probable (or official) reason for detention


Victim's status

Still in a camp. According to his wife Gulshen in her appeal letter, his mental health appears to have worsened significantly, based on a phone conversation with his family.

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

His wife has been getting news through relatives in the region.

Additional information

The victim's absence has taken a significant toll on his wife and six children, as they have been left without their main source of financial support. Five of these children are underage.

That Hesenjan was first sentenced but then transferred back to camp is rare. However, the testifier claims that she's heard of Uyghurs in Bishkek also mentioning news of Uyghurs (in Atush, perhaps) who were first sentenced but then transferred back to camp, and that this was fairly common.

Suspected human rights violations

Article 8: We can all ask for the law to help us when we are not treated fairly.
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 22: We all have the right to a home, to have enough money to live on and medical help if we are ill. We should all be allowed to enjoy music, art, craft, sport and to make use of our skills.

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5
Testimony 6
Testimony 7
photo with daughter
appeal to EU delegation
photo with son
photo with kids (1)
photo with baby (1)
photo with baby (2)
photo with kids (2)
Kazakhstan residence card
Chinese ID
reply from Kazakh MFA
MFA reply (English translation)

Entry created: 2019-01-01

Last updated: 2019-08-06

Latest update from testifier: 2019-05-12