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Ilmira Qurban

Chinese ID: 6531??19930913??E? (place of origin unclear)


Age: 18-35    Detention reason: related to going abroad    Detention type: unclear
Gender: F    Detention time: Apr. 2017 - June 2017    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: housekeeper    Location: Kashgar

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Testifying party

All testimonies are from the victim's former classmate, who chooses to remain anonymous.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is the testifier's classmate.

About the victim

Ilmira Qurban is originally from Kashgar, but grew up and went to school in Urumqi, where she studied at the No. 17 High School. She was known by her classmates as being particularly fond of Uyghur literature, in addition to being a good singer and muqam performer. She was also fluent/proficient in Mandarin and English, and would continue to study the latter on her own after finishing high school.

In 2013, she went to Egypt to study, where she would meet her future husband, with the couple having a child. After their return to Urumqi in 2016, Ilmira stayed at home and took care of the baby.

Victim's location

Somewhere in Kashgar.

When victim was detained

Called back to Kashgar by the local Kashgar police in April 2017. Before going back, she posted on her WeChat that she had to go to Kashgar and couldn't use WeChat anymore, after which she went back and disappeared.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

The fact that she studied in Egypt and that their family was a religious one, with many kids.

Victim's status

In detention, presumably.

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

From her friend.

Additional information

Her other family members - her husband, her parents - were detained as well. She also had siblings who had studied in Egypt, and they were detained also.

It's not clear what's happened to her daughter, and no one seems to know where she is.

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 13: We all have the right to go where we want to in our own country and to travel abroad as we wish.
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.
Article 25: We all have the right to a good life, with enough food, clothing, housing, and healthcare. Mothers and children, people without work, old and disabled people all have the right to help.

Supplementary materials

proxy video testimony by Lisa Ross

Entry created: 2018-12-28

Last updated: 2019-10-08

Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-07