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Tursunjan Tohti

Potential Chinese variants: 吐尔逊尼江·托合提, 吐尔逊尼江·土赫提

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

Age: 35-55    Detention reason: other    Detention type: unclear
Gender: M    Detention time: before 2017    Health status: has problems
Ethnicity: Uyghur    Profession: tradesperson    Location: unclear

List(s): Covered in international media, Before Chen Quanguo

Testifying party (submitted by third party)

This testimony has been imported from a report of disappearances collected by the World Uighur Congress.

Victim's relation to testifier


About the victim

Tursunjan Tohti(吐尔逊江. 托合提) was disappeared at the age of 26. He was a hairdresser and barbershop/salon owner at Shanxi Alley (山西巷子), one of the hotspots during the July 5, 2009 riots in Urumqi. He was born in Kashgar. Tursunjan was arrested by a team of police officers led by an officer named Nurdun. According to witnesses, a police car came and parked in front of a store across the street from the barbershop, and a few of the police officers crossed the street and walked into the barbershop. They demanded for 5 of the barbershop employees to come outside and forced them to kneel on the ground. Subsequently, one of the police officers ordered for Tursunjan Tohti to be arrested for unclear reasons.

Victim's location


When victim was detained

Two police officers from the Karlighach Police Station named Nurdun and Ghoji came to the barbershop and arrested Tursunjan on July 31, 2009.

Probable (or official) reason for detention

Participating in the “illegal demonstration” on July 5, 2009

Victim's status

Nurdun, one of the police officers who arrested Tursunjan, told Qurbanjan that he had sent Tursunjan to the detention center. Tursunjan's father believes that his son has already been killed.

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

Through Tursunjan's neighbors and the police officers who took him.

Additional information


Media reports are based on testimonies by Qurbanjan Tohti (1) and Tohti Barat (2)
UHRP report: http://docs.uyghuramerican.org/to-strike-the-strongest-blow.pdf
Based on RFA story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/missing-06252012170612.html

On the evening of July 5, Tursunjan Tohti had been at his barbershop on Shanxi alley, near the center of the violence. Around 5 pm, the police started shooting at the demonstrators and that caused many of them to run into the barbershop to hide. When the police broke into the shop, they shot Tursunjan in the leg, but like many Uyghurs, he dared not go to the hospital for fear of being suspected of a crime and arrested. He treated his wound at a friend's house nearby. The friend was later summoned by police officers and interrogated by police at the Karlighach station.

Supplementary materials


Entry created: 2019-05-27

Last updated: 2019-06-01

Latest update from testifier: 2016-09-12