“Like we were enemies in a war”

China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang

“Like we were enemies in a war” China’s Mass Internment, Torture and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang

Illustrations by Molly Crabapple

Anarqan Qanatbek

阿那尔汗 · 卡那提白克

Assumed Location

No.7 Women’s Prison, Ghulja (Yining) County

Suspected Reasons for Arrest or Detention

Praying five times a day

Official Reason for Arrest or Detention

“Disturbing the social order”

Last Contact

30 December 2007

Anarqan Qanatbek, an ethnic Kazakh, was convicted of disturbing the social order and sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment in August 2018. Her family believes she was arrested merely because she was praying five times a day at her home. Currently held in No.7 Women’s Prison in Ghulja (Yining County), Anarqan had previously been detained in an internment camp for eight months. Noting that she did not have access to any lawyer during her trial, her family expressed their concern about Anarqan’s wellbeing as she was previously diagnosed with several medical conditions including hypertension, cerebral infarction, and coronary heart disease.

Personal Details

Anarqan loves spending time with and taking care of her grandchildren. Anarqan also liked reading books a lot. Currently 69 years old, she is often hospitalized due to several severe conditions she is suffering from.

Date of Birth

10 January 1952

Ethnicity

Kazakh

Hometown

Ghulja (Yining) County

Profession

Housewife

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