Entertainment Uyghurs: Investigation reports 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

03:40  25 september  2020
03:40  25 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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China is running hundreds of detention centres in northwest Xinjiang across a network that is much bigger than previously thought, according to Beijing on Thursday again denied the existence of detention sites. The government says they are vocational training centres used to counter extremism.

China's network of secret detention facilities for Uyghurs in Xinjiang appears to be expanding, despite Beijing's A thinktank says it has identified 380 of China's detention camps in Xinjiang . It says at least 60 Chinese officials have consistently defended the country's detention policies in Xinjiang

Une femme portant un masque avec l'inscription «Libérez les Ouïghours» lors d'une manifestation à Berlin, en Allemagne, le 1er septembre 2020. © Michele Tantussi / Reuters A woman wearing a mask with the inscription "Free the Uyghurs" during a demonstration in Berlin, Germany on the 1st September 2020.

According to an Australian research institute, China has 380 detention centers in Xinjiang, in the north-west of the country, much more than the estimates made so far. A large part of the Muslim and Turkish-speaking Uyghur population is said to be locked up in these camps. For its part, Beijing continues to speak of "training centers".

According to an investigation published Thursday, September 24 by the Institute of Strategic Policy, Xinjiang has 380 alleged detention centers, where are detained members of the Uyghur Muslim ethnic group. This is almost 40% more than previous estimates, notes the Australian research firm, which is based on satellite images, testimonials, and tenders in the construction industry.

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  Xinjiang government confirms huge birth rate drop but denies forced sterilization of women Chinese officials have officially acknowledged birth rates in Xinjiang dropped by almost a third in 2018, compared to the previous year, in a letter to CNN in which they also denied reports of forced sterilization and genocide by authorities in the far western region. © photo illustration/getty images The Xinjiang government sent CNN the six-page fax in response to questions for an article published in July that documented a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing targeting women from the Uyghur minority, a Muslim ethnic group numbering more than 10 million people.

“ Camps are also often co-located with factory complexes, which can suggest the nature of a facility and highlight the direct pipeline between arbitrary detention in Xinjiang and forced labour,” the report said. Beijing insists there are no human rights abuses in Xinjiang . Chinese authorities initially denied the

Camp 4 Camp 3 Camp 2 Camp 1 Karakax. The leaked document appears to be a compilation of 667 records of detained Uyghur citizens, all of whom lived within a small If the 11 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang should fall foul of Beijing again, the Chinese government knows where to find them.

The Institute for Strategic Policy specifies that around sixty of these sites were the subject of expansion works between 2019 and 2020, which would go against the claims of Beijing, for whom these people - who do not would have also followed that "training" in these buildings - would have returned home after obtaining their diplomas.

►To listen: Disappearances in Xinjiang in China: a Uyghur woman in search of her brother Mewlan

Washington has already cracked down, Beijing is sticking to its positions

The Institute for Strategic Policy, created by the Australian government, has been funded in part by the US State Department to conduct this study. The United States is stepping up its position on the human rights situation in China. On Tuesday, September 22, the House of Representatives adopted a law banning most imports from Xinjiang , because of the "forced labor" imposed, according to Washington, on the Uyghurs.

On Wednesday, a Jamestown Foundation study claimed that a coercive training program had been set up in Tibet. According to the center, the Chinese government imported there practices already tested in Xinjiang. Beijing, for its part, praises its “employment policy” in the region, saying it has enabled it to reduce unemployment and instability.

To read also: China: "The government imports into Tibet practices already tested in Xinjiang"

China is reportedly sending Tibetans to work in military-style labor training camps, echoing the persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang .
In Xinjiang, China is already brainwashing Uighur Muslims and making them work production lines. The scheme in Tibet looks all too familiar.This year China accelerated a plan to train up and relocate Tibet's "rural surplus laborers" to parts of China or Tibet that need of increased manufacturing capacity.

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