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Meiramgul Togzhan

Chinese ID: 654224197006010022 (Toli)

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: unclear    Detention type: documents withheld
Gender: F    Detention time: Jan. 2018 - Mar. 2018    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Kazakh    Profession: media/journalism    Location: Tacheng

List(s): Examples of international / media pressure on Xinjiang authorities, Victims with foreign residence

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Testimony 1-5: Arai Zhenis, born on August 1, 1997, is now a Kazakhstan citizen. Her PIN is 970801401941.


Ulpan Zhenis, born on August 10, 1994, is now a Kazakhstan citizen. He ID number is 034825515.

Victim's relation to testifier

Testimony 1-5: mother

About the victim

Meiramgul Togzhan (米兰古丽.托合江) is a Chinese citizen. Her Kazakhstan Resident permit number is 024297056. She was a journalist. She has published a book, titled “Ko’ga’rshin” (كوگارشىن).

Address: Kipchak Road, Residence 3, No. 1228, Tuoli county-seat, Tuoli county, Tacheng region, Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang, China.

Victim's location

In Tacheng, presumably.

When victim was detained

January 8, 2018

Probable (or official) reason for detention


Victim's status

Had her passport seized.

Testimony 4: just after a petition video was published on January 19, Meiramgul called her relatives and sent a copy of her ID.

Testimony 2: The daughters are now allowed to call their mother every day, where they hear their mother constantly praising the Chinese Communist Party. An official Kazakhstan Government Repatriation Invitation letter was sent to their mother and she appears to have received it on February 23, 2019.

Testimony 5: she previously had breast surgery in 2012.

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

not stated

Additional information

Their father died in 2013, now only two of them are living as their mother has not been able to come back.

Testimony 3: the girls got an opportunity to talk to her mother just 2 hours after uploading their petition to Youtube. She said she was going to come to Kazakhstan in one week, and also required her daughters to send her Kazakhstan residence permit to her.

Supplementary materials

Testimony 1
Testimony 2
Testimony 3
Testimony 4
Testimony 5

Entry created: 2019-01-21

Last updated: 2019-06-19

Latest update from testifier: 2019-03-29