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Tashpolat Teyip

Chinese ID: 65????19????????O? (place of origin unclear)

Age: 55+    Detention reason: "two-faced"    Detention type: detention house
Gender: M    Detention time: Apr. 2017 - June 2017    Health status: critical
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: scholar    Location: Urumqi

List(s): Covered in international media

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Multiple sources, according to RFA

Victim's relation to testifier


About the victim

A geographer with a doctorate degree from Tokyo University of Science, Dr. Tashpolat Teyip served as the President of Xinjiang University and Communist Party deputy secretary since 2010. He is the author of several book contributions and scientific articles on spectroscopy and long-distance sensing, and their applications to measuring land cover and soil types. He also received an honorary degree from one of France's most prestigious educational institutions, l'Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes de Paris (EPHE).

Victim's location

He was based in Urumqi for decades, so it is very likely that this is where he is being detained as well.

When victim was detained

April/May 2017

Probable (or official) reason for detention

being labeled "two-faced", according to the Living Otherwise article

Victim's status

Sentenced to death with 2 year reprieve

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

RFA conducted interviews with multiple sources

Additional information

Following a meeting of Communist Party cadres on March 31, 2017, during which Dr. Teyip's replacement was announced, Teyip disappeared from public view. Dr. Teyip's name was subsequently removed from the official list of Xinjiang University Presidents, which lists every Xinjiang University President since 1924. He had previously been praised on the university's website for his "commitment to serving the party with complete obedience, including 'strictly implementing political ideology.'"



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

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Entry created: 2018-10-28

Last updated: 2018-10-28

Latest update from testifier: 2018-02-20