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2 dec. 2019
It is one of the biggest human rights stories on the planet: China – specifically the province of Xinjiang – and the estimated one million Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities currently held in massive internment camps there.
Previously, most of what the world knew about Xinjiang came through satellite imagery, carefully controlled official tours of the camps plus the accounts of some of those imprisoned there.
Now, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the New York Times say they have troves of classified documents to work with – reportedly leaked from within China’s Communist Party.
Both organisations say the documents prove the camps are not about “re-educating extremists” or fighting violence, as Beijing would have the world believe – but to indiscriminately imprison and brainwash Xinjiang’s Muslim population.
In response, China has borrowed a phrase or two from offshore, calling the leaks “fabrications and fake news”. But as new evidence emerges, Beijing’s narrative is proving increasingly difficult to defend.
The leaks represent a quantum leap in our understanding of what is unfolding in Xinjiang – human rights violations on an historic scale.
“What’s most important about these documents is that they are evidence,” says Sophie Richardson, China director, Human Rights Watch. “You know this shows a clear intent by the second most powerful government in the world to politically re-engineer people’s thinking. What they should be taught, what they’re not allowed to say, what they can’t think any more. You know it’s one thing to read patently dishonest propaganda that talks about religious freedom being guaranteed to everyone in Xinjiang. When you sit down and read a ‘how-to’ manual by a government that’s a permanent member of the UN Security Council, it’s terrifying.”
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian – International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Adrian Zenz – Senior fellow, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Nury Turkel – Chairman and founder, Uyghur Human Rights Project
Sophie Richardson – China director, Human Rights Watch
24 okt. 2018
The BBC has new evidence that China is building a vast network of internment camps for its Muslim population in the western region of Xinjiang. Experts say one facility we’ve identified could be one of the biggest detention centres in the world.
It’s thought as many as a million Muslims from the Uighur community are being held without trial in Xinjiang.
China denies the claims, saying it has a programme of “vocational training centres” – needed to combat the threat of terrorism.
But the BBC has seen analysis that suggests the number of secure, prison-like facilities in the area has more than doubled in the past two years.
Accounts of life for individuals inside these places tell of abuse and humiliation.
Our China correspondent John Sudworth reports from a part of the country where journalists are often prevented from filming.
29 jun. 2019
China’s Uighur minority live a dystopian nightmare of constant surveillance and brutal policing. At least one million of them are believed to be living in what the U.N. described as a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy,” while many Uighur children are taken to state-run orphanages where they’re indoctrinated into Chinese customs.
The Uighurs’ plight has largely been kept hidden from the world, thanks to China’s aggressive attempts to suppress the story at all costs.
VICE News’ Isobel Yeung posed as a tourist to gain unprecedented access to China’s western Xinjiang region, which has been nearly unreachable by journalists.
She and our crew experienced China’s Orwellian surveillance and harassment first-hand during their time in Xinjiang, and captured chilling hidden-camera footage of eight Uighur men detained by police in the middle of the night. We spoke with members of the Uighur community about their experience in these camps, and about China’s attempts to silence their history and lifestyle under the cover of darkness.
6 dec. 2013