Entry of 5393       

Gulzia Mogdun

Chinese ID: 65432319810225??E? (Burultokay)


Age: 35-55    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: released
Gender: F    Detention time: Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2017    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Kazakh    Profession: unclear    Location: outside China

List(s): Eyewitness accounts, Examples of international / media pressure on Xinjiang authorities, Covered in international media


Testifying party

Testimony 1: Gene A. Bunin

Testimony 2-3 (third-person): Gulzia Mogdun

Victim's relation to testifier

Testimony 1: No relation. The victim is someone that I interviewed and who's also been written about on numerous occasions in the press.

Testimony 2-3: The victim herself.

About the victim

Gulzia Mogdun, 37, is from Kuokeagashi Village of Fuhai (Kazakh: Burultokay) County of northern Xinjiang’s Altay Prefecture. She is a Chinese citizen and first came to Kazakhstan in the July of 2017. She and her husband have 3 kids together.

DOB: February 25, 1981.

Victim's location

In Kazakhstan.

When victim was detained

She returned to Xinjiang in October 2017 and had her documents confiscated. In late December, she was summoned to a local police office and coerced into agreeing to a forced abortion, which she had on January 5, 2018. After this, she remained under surveilled house arrest for five months, before suddenly being allowed to return to Kazakhstan in May.

Testimony 3: On November 16, 2017, she came to Kazakhstan to visit her husband Aman Ansagan. She was forced to return since her children were practically held hostage – Gulziya was given 15 days to return to China. Chinese officials confiscated all of Gulziya’s documents on her return to China on 29 November 2017. On January 5th 2018, she was forced to perform an abortion by Chinese officials. On January 13, she fainted and was sent to hospital under January 20. On February 3, she was sent to another hospital in her hometown. She stayed in her hometown until May, with regular visits to the hospital. One of 5 Chinese officials who kept her on the watch was constantly present at her home, even at night. On May 8, she was allowed to go to Kazakhstan.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

It is not clear why she was put under house arrest or why she was forced to have the abortion, though the authorities seemed to stress that it was in accordance with her not being allowed to have a fourth child.

Victim's status

Currently back with her family in Kazakhstan.

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

She told me in an interview. She's also talked to various media outlets.

Radio Azattyq's Russian service has done an in-depth story about her: https://rus.azattyq.org/a/kazakh-woman-china-xinjiang-abortion/29522552.html

Additional information

According to a recent video testimony (January 2019):

After her husband's non-stop appeals and with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, she was able to leave China on May 8, 2018, with the local authorities telling her that her registration was cancelled. Nonetheless, on December 26, 2018, her sister-in-law contacted her through Wechat and told her that the local police were asking her to go to Fuhai county of Altai region in Xinjiang, China to cancel her registration.

Mentioned in the CECC report: https://www.cecc.gov/sites/chinacommission.house.gov/files/documents/CECC%20Pris%20List_20181011_1424.pdf

Supplementary materials

video testimony
video testimony
video testimony
Interview summary

Entry created: 2019-01-17

Last updated: 2019-01-17

Latest update from testifier: 2019-01-17