Thursday, October 22, 2020
Home Europe China expands its Uighur detention camps - report

China expands its Uighur detention camps – report


A vocational skills education centre in Xinjiang, September 2018Image copyright
Reuters

Image caption

China says the camps are a necessary measure against terrorism

China has expanded its network of detention centres for its Uighur minority despite insisting the “re-education” system was being scaled back, a new report says.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute says there are 380 suspected facilities in the Xinjiang region – some 40% more than previous estimates.

China says its aim is to tackle poverty and religious extremism in Xinjiang.

But the US has likened the centres to concentration camps.

Rights groups say at least a million people have been incarcerated in the system.

What does the report say?

The reportidentifies 100 more detention sites than previous investigations have shown, based on analysis of satellite imagery, interviews with eyewitnesses, media reports and official documents.

More than 60 detention sites were worked upon between July 2019 and July 2020, while 14 camps are still under construction, the report said.

Around half of the new centres are higher security facilities, which could suggest a shift towards prison-style facilities, report author Nathan Ruser said.

“The findings of this research contradict Chinese officials’ claims that all ‘trainees’ from so-called vocational training centres had ‘graduated’ by late 2019,” he said.

“Instead, available evidence suggests that many extrajudicial detainees in Xinjiang’s vast “re-education” network are now being formally charged and locked up in higher security facilities, including newly built or expanded prisons, or sent to walled factory compounds for coerced labour assignments.”

However around 70 camps have seen the removal of fencing and perimeter walls, the report added.

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionThe BBC visits the camps where China’s Muslims have their “thoughts transformed”

Chinese state-controlled newspaper Global Times has since reported that ASPI contributors Clive Hamilton and Alex Joske have been banned from entering the country.

Beijing has faced international condemnation for its network of detention centres which mostly house Muslim minorities.

The US hasplaced sanctions on Chinese politicians allegedly involvedand earlier this month blocked some exports it said had been made with “forced labour”.

The Chinese government said last week that “vocational training” was increasing job opportunities and combating poverty in Xinjiang.

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionThe video Uighur model Merdan Ghappar filmed inside China’s detention system

More coverage of China’s hidden camps

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Ryder Cup 2010

McDowell knew the Twenty Ten course like the back of his hand. He’d won the Wales Open on the course that year and during a period when he lived in Cardiff he used the venue as his practice area.As the match descended into the home stretch McDowell sunk a 15-foot birdie to go 2-up on…

GB’s Evans calls opponents ’embarrassing’

Evans was knocked out in the singles in the first round by Kei Nishikori of JapanBritain's Dan Evans said his doubles opponents were "embarrassing" after becoming involved in an on-court row at the French Open.The British singles number one and Polish partner Hubert Hurkacz beat Dutchman Matwe Middelkoop and Brazilian Marcel Demoliner in the first…

US team walks off after ‘homophobic slur’

Collin Martin (pictured playing for former club Minnesota United) came out as gay in 2018Landon Donovan said his San Diego Loyal "would not stand" for bigotry having left the pitch in protest after an alleged homophobic comment was aimed at openly gay midfielder Collin Martin.An opposition player from Phoenix Rising was accused of making the…

As colleges reopened, many more young people got covid-19, CDC reports – msnNOW

Covid-19 cases surged nationally among 18- to 22-year-olds between Aug. 2 and Sept. 5, according to a report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which urged young adults as well as colleges and universities to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.Weekly cases among the age group jumped 55…