CHINA IS SECRETLY IMPRISONING CLOSE TO 1 MILLION PEOPLE — BUT THEY’VE LEFT 2 BIG PIECES OF EVIDENCE BEHIND
- Hundreds of thousands, and potentially more than one million, people have been caught up in China’s “re-education camps” over the last year.
- The camps, which operate outside the courts, are designed to indoctrinate ethnic minority Uighurs and force them to reject their religious beliefs.
- Bids for constructing or renovating these centers, as well as staff job ads, provide clear evidence of the purpose and scale of these re-education programs.
- Uighurs face constant surveillance in East Turkistan (Xinjiang), which experts consider a testing ground for the a wider surveillance state.
A policeman holding shield and baton guards a security post leading into a center believed to be used for re-education in Korla in western China’s East Turkistan (Xinjiang) region on Nov. 2, 2017. Associated Press/Ng Han Guan
An Uighur woman protests in front of policemen on July 7, 2009 in Urumqi, the capital of East Turkistan (Xinjiang) Uighur autonomous region, China. Guang Niu/Getty Images
Re-education isn’t the only problem Uighurs face