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Imam Ibrahim (依马木·吾拉音)

Chinese ID: 653129198509200610 (Peyziwat)

Age: 18-35    Detention reason: related to going abroad    Detention type: formal prison
Gender: M    Detention time: before 2017    Health status: unclear
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: medicine    Location: unclear

List(s): From prolonged detention to prison

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Testifying party

The original testimony was directly submitted by a close friend of the victim, who chooses to remain anonymous. The other testimonies are from Maysam (or "Maya") Mitalipova, a biologist at MIT, originally from Almaty, Kazakhstan but now living and working in Boston.

Victim's relation to testifier

The victim is the testifiers' friend.

About the victim

Imam (Imamjan) Ibrahim, originally from the Kashgar region, is medical professional and licensed pharmacist who obtained his initial degree from the Xinjiang Medical University in Urumqi. Later, he would go to Tokyo University for his residency, before coming to Boston, where he went to Boston University and found a research fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Victim's location

[Unclear, as he is said to have been sentenced.]

When victim was detained

According to Maya, he had his passport confiscated ("revoked") at the end of 2016. He was then taken to a camp in April 2017, and would allegedly be sentenced to prison in 2019.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

Both the anonymous testifier and Maya believe it is because Imam had been abroad. The former also mentions "false reasons" being given.

Victim's status

According to the latest news, he's been sentenced to prison, but it is unclear where and for how long.

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

The anonymous testifier says that he learned of the initial arrest from friends in Urumqi, very soon after it happened. Maya learned that Imam's passport had been confiscated when he himself called her in late 2016, asking her to explain to colleagues that he may be unable to come back to Boston.

Additional information

The victim's Facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/imamjan.ibrahim

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 10: If someone is accused of breaking the law they have the right to a fair and public trial.
Article 11: Nobody should be blamed for doing something until it has been proved that they did it. If people say we did something bad, we have the right to show this was not true. Nobody should punish us for something that we did not do, or for doing something which was not against the law when we did it.
Article 13: We all have the right to go where we want to in our own country and to travel abroad as we wish.

Supplementary materials

video testimony (1)
video testimony (2)
video testimony (3)
video testimony (4)
Chinese ID
at work in Boston

Entry created: 2019-04-20

Last updated: 2019-09-22

Latest update from testifier: 2019-10-07