Entry of 4701       

Halmurat Ghopur

Chinese ID: 65????19????????O?

Age: unclear    Detention reason: "separatism"    Detention type: unclear
Gender: M    Detention time: Oct. 2017 - Dec. 2017    Health status: critical
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: scholar    Location: unclear

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

Multiple sources, according to RFA

Relation to victim


About the victim

Halmurat Ghopur was President of the Xinjinag Food and Drug Administration's Department of Inspection and Supervision in Urumqi until the time of his arrest. He previously served as the President of Xinjiang Medical University Hospital. Mr. Ghopur's legacy includes official acknowledgement for developing a treatment for respiratory illnesses which combined Western and traditional Uyghur medicine.

Victim's location


When victim was detained

November 2017

Reason given for detention

"Exhibiting separatist tendencies" and "plotting to create a Muslim Caliphate"

Victim's status

Two-year suspended death sentence

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

Through official documents and a government-produced film

Additional information

When the state security police came to arrest Ghopur in late 2017, he demanded to know why. An officer told him that he had exhibited "nationalistic tendencies" and read off some of his conversations on the WeChat app that the police had been monitoring. Officials also confiscated his computer.

Mr. Ghopur was later featured, alongside four other high-profile Uyghur intellectuals also sentenced to death or life in prison, in an officially produced "political study" film, which was made required viewing for all government cadres in Xinjiang. The film accuses Mr. Ghopur of plotting to "create a Muslim Caliphate in the region by 2030." Other sources confirm receiving "an official document" stating that Mr. Ghopur planned to create an independent country and become its leader.


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

Supplementary materials


Entry created: 2018-10-28

Last updated: 2018-10-28

Latest update from testifier: 2018-09-28