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Senuber Tursun (塞努拜尔·吐尔逊)

Chinese ID: 65400219710601???E? (Ghulja City)

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: unclear
Gender: F    Detention time: Oct. 2018 - Dec. 2018    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: art & literature    Location: Urumqi

List(s): Covered in international media

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Testifying party

The testimony was put together from publicly available information by an anonymous volunteer who goes by the initial "H". Some additional information is also provided in a video testimony by Lisa Ross. An anonymous source close to the victim has also contributed information.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is Lisa Ross's friend.

About the victim

Senuber Tursun is a well-known musician from Ghulja. She has performed abroad on multiple occasions.

Victim's location

Currently living in Urumqi.

When victim was detained

According to Lisa Ross, she was disappeared on December 18, 2018. Senuber's Wikipedia entry puts the date at November 1, however.

News of her disapperance began to circulate when it was announced that her performance at the Théâtre Graslin in Nantes, France (on February 10, 2019) would be cancelled, with Senuber being replaced by an Uzbek performer. There were some claims that she had been sentenced to 5 years in prison.

However, in a July 25, 2019 Facebook post, Abduweli Ayup - a scholar residing in Norway - reported that Senuber was among those prominent Uyghurs who had been recently released from detention.

Probable (or official) reason for detention


Victim's status

Allegedly released from detention and teaching dutar in Urumqi.

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

Publicly available sources.

Additional information

Mention of the change in the performance programme at Nantes:

The victim's Wikipedia entry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanubar_Tursun

This victim is also included in the list of prominent detained Uyghurs, available at: shahit.biz/supp/list_003.pdf

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 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 2
in front of Notre Dame
Abduweli Ayup's post
Douyin mention
tweet mentioning the victim

Entry created: 2019-01-02

Last updated: 2019-10-09

Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-09