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Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State. ‘Because There Were Cameras, I Didn’t Ask Any Questions’ Sometime in the summer of 2019, Vera Zhou, a young college student from the University of Washington, forgot to pretend that she was from the non-Muslim majority group in China, the Han.

‘Because There Were Cameras, I Didn’t Ask Any Questions’

At a checkpoint at the mall, she put her ID on the scanner and looked into the camera. Immediately, an alarm sounded and the guards manning the equipment pulled her aside. That was when she remembered that when she ventured outside the jurisdiction of her police precinct she should pretend that she had forgotten her ID and hold her head up high, playing the part of a wealthy, urban Han college student who couldn’t be bothered by mall security and face scans.

Forced Labor in 新疆

China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims. (New York) – A big data program for policing in China’s Xinjiang region arbitrarily selects Turkic Muslims for possible detention, Human Rights Watch said today.

China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims

A leaked list of over 2,000 detainees from Aksu prefecture provided to Human Rights Watch is further evidence of China’s use of technology in its repression of the Muslim population. The big data program, the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), apparently flagged the people on the Aksu List, whom officials then evaluated and sent to “political education” camps in Xinjiang. “The Aksu List provides further insights into how China’s brutal repression of Xinjiang’s Turkic Muslims is being turbocharged by technology,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher. “The Chinese government owes answers to the families of those on the list: why were they detained, and where are they now?”

The Aksu List, dated around late 2018, is similar to another leaked file, the Karakax List. Xinjiang offers real-site photos to debunk satellite images ‘evidence’ of ‘detention centers’ - Global Times. The “detention center” (geographic coordinates: 38.8367N, 77.7056E) claimed by ASPI, is actually a gerocomium in Markit county, Kashi Prefecture, Xinjiang Locations that had been marked as "concentration camps" by some Western media and an Australian institute were found to be administration buildings, nursing homes, logistics centers or schools, as Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Friday offered videos and photos to debunk accusations which used satellite images as "evidences.

Xinjiang offers real-site photos to debunk satellite images ‘evidence’ of ‘detention centers’ - Global Times

" For a long time, some Western media and institutes, especially the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), have been keen on using satellite images as "evidence" for their claim of Xinjiang's expanding "concentration centers," a term that has been firmly opposed by Chinese authorities. For example, in a report called "Documenting Xinjiang's Detention System" by ASPI, buildings with outer walls in Xinjiang were all considered as "detention centers. " "This is absurd. Global Times. Enter the Grayzone: fringe leftists deny the scale of China’s Uyghur oppression - Coda Story. On July 25, Max Blumenthal, the founder and editor of the far-left news site The Grayzone, went on Going Underground, a current affairs show broadcast by the Russian state-controlled TV channel RT.

Enter the Grayzone: fringe leftists deny the scale of China’s Uyghur oppression - Coda Story

On air, he questioned the scale of the detention of Uyghurs in camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province. “I don’t have reason to doubt that there’s something going in Xinjiang, that there could even be repression,” said Blumenthal. China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization. The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children.

China cuts Uighur births with IUDs, abortion, sterilization

While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.” The state regularly subjects minority women to pregnancy checks, and forces intrauterine devices, sterilization and even abortion on hundreds of thousands, the interviews and data show.

“God bequeaths children on you. How China Tracked Detainees and Their Families. The last time she heard from her family was over three years ago, before China began rounding up Muslims in the country’s far west.

How China Tracked Detainees and Their Families

She lived abroad and knew nothing of her family’s fate — until the contents of a leaked government document surfaced, describing their lives in chilling detail. Rozinisa Memettohti, an ethnic Uighur who has lived in Turkey since 2003, learned in the document that two of her sisters had been sent to indoctrination camps for having more children than the region allowed. One of the sisters was also targeted for obtaining a passport. “The reality is already far worse than any of my fears,” Ms. Memettohti said in a telephone interview this month. Secret Video Offers Rare Look Inside Chinese Labor Program. The ‘happiest Muslims in the world’ and their GPS trackers. HomeNewsletterThe ‘happiest Muslims in the world’ and their GPS trackers NewsletterPolitics & Current Affairs.

The ‘happiest Muslims in the world’ and their GPS trackers

China installing QR codes on Uighur Muslim homes as part of mass security crackdown. China is installing QR codes on the homes of the Uighur Muslim community in order to get instant access to the personal details of people living there, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

China installing QR codes on Uighur Muslim homes as part of mass security crackdown

The development comes as part of a mass security crackdown on minorities in Xinjiang province, the charity said, which includes arbitrary detentions, daily restrictions on religious practice and “forced political indoctrination”. Officials reportedly scan the “smart” doorplates with mobile devices before entering homes to monitor the inhabitants. Sophie Richardson, China director at HRW, said: “The Chinese government is committing human rights abuses in Xinjiang on a scale unseen in the country in decades. “The campaign of repression in Xinjiang is a key test of whether the United Nations and concerned governments will sanction an increasingly powerful China to end this abuse.” She added people were even forced to walk back and forth at police stations so officials could record their gait. China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims.

The training has only one purpose: to learn laws and regulations…to eradicate from the mind thoughts about religious extremism and violent terrorism, and to cure ideological diseases.

China’s Campaign of Repression Against Xinjiang’s Muslims

If the education is not going well, we will continue to provide free education, until the students achieve satisfactory results and graduate smoothly. —Speech by Chinese Communist Youth League Xinjiang Branch, March 2017. Chinese diplomat defends China's Xinjiang policy with old-fashioned racism. Lijian Zhao 赵立坚 is the deputy chief of mission of the Chinese embassy in Islamabad.

Chinese diplomat defends China's Xinjiang policy with old-fashioned racism

He is also a prolific Twitterer, with 190,000 followers, probably taking advantage of the fact that Twitter isn’t blocked in Pakistan like it is in his home country. Here is a series of tweets he fired off just a few hours ago: OK. Forget native Indians' tears&blood? US politicians like @SpeakerPelosi so ignorant&hypocritical to talk about "conscience". Ethnic minorities in China enjoy equal rights and freedom in religion and culture. China's ethnic policy is more successful. Inside China’s Surveillance Crackdown on Uyghurs. Scholars spreading rumors about Uyghur detention work for US intel agency: spokesperson.

Residents in Aksu Prefecture in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region celebrate the apricot harvest in June 2019. Photo: VCG. Our condolences to victims of #LondonTerroristAttack. We understand and support British Police. But what if the attack happened in China? Maybe labeled as fighting against repression or police force abuse? No double standards in #CounterTerrorism.

Are Historic Mosques In Xinjiang Being Destroyed? Activists on Twitter have recently claimed that China has been destroying historic mosques across Xinjiang province, which is home to a large population of Uighurs, a primarily Muslim minority in China. By using open sources and satellite imagery we can locate these mosques and check such claims.

We can also potentially narrow down when the alleged destruction took place. The Keriya Aitika Mosque The first mosque that came to our attention was the Keriya Aitika Mosque, located here. China's response to the leaked Xinjiang camp cables. First, there are no so-called “detention camps” in Xinjiang. Vocational education and training centres have been established for the prevention of terrorism. Xinjiang is a beautiful, peaceful and prosperous region in China. Three years ago, this was not the case. It had become a battleground – thousands of terrorist incidents happened in Xinjiang between 1990s and 2016, and thousands of innocent people got killed.

Internal Documents

Uighur Resistance. Reeducation Camps. Xinjiang Info: Links. China: How Mass Surveillance Works in Xinjiang. Some of the investigations involve checking people’s phones for any one of the 51 internet tools that are considered suspicious, including WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Human Rights Watch found. The IJOP system also monitors people’s relationships, identifying as suspicious travelling with anyone on a police watch list, for example, or anyone related to someone who has recently obtained a new phone number. Based on these broad and dubious criteria, the system generates lists of people to be evaluated by officials for detention. Official documents state individuals “who ought to be taken, should be taken,” suggesting the goal is to maximize detentions for people found to be “untrustworthy.”

Those people are then interrogated without basic protections. They have no right to legal counsel, and some are tortured or otherwise mistreated, for which they have no effective redress. The Uighurs and China’s Long History of Trouble with Islam. Last month, I spent several days at the Forbidden City, the gargantuan palace in the middle of Beijing where China’s emperors ruled the land for nearly five hundred years.

I was there to attend a conference on religion and power in imperial China, but my thoughts were drawn to more contemporary concerns: the plight of the Uighurs in China’s far western province of Xinjiang, including re-education camps aimed at breaking their faith in Islam. I was struck by parallels between contemporary and imperial religious policy at the end of the conference, when our hosts took us to parts of the complex that are off-limits to tourists, such as the Hall of Imperial Peace. This was a Daoist temple built in the early 1400s to honor the Perfected Warrior, zhenwu, whom the first emperor of the Ming dynasty credited with helping drive the Mongols out of China.

This was true of other religions, especially Buddhism, which the Manchu emperors patronized enthusiastically. All, except Islam. Western media report on Xinjiang lacks morality. China Leadership. Document: What Chinese Officials Told Children Whose Families Were Put in Camps. The Strangers. China’s Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims. ‘Truth hidden in the dark’: Chinese international student responses to Xinjiang. Pictured: Students line up for a public presentation on the mass internment of Uyghurs with Rushan Abbas and Darren Byler at the University of California, Berkeley on March 6, 2019.

“I grew up (with the idea) being instilled (in me) that fifty-six nations compose one family. This was the first time that a person showed me a social issue which was hidden by the media.” Over the past two years I have spoken at dozens of universities and high schools about the internment of what is now an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. I talk to students about the way poor minorities all over the world are marginalized by the language of criminality and terrorism, how policing and surveillance systems disproportionately affect them. China Is Detaining Muslims in Vast Numbers. The Goal: ‘Transformation.’ Dozens of Uyghur Children of Xinjiang Village Camp Detainees Sent to Live in Orphanages.

Authorities Detain Uyghur Editor-in-Chief, Directors of Xinjiang Daily Newspaper. A Jail by Any Other Name. China Uighurs: All you need to know on Muslim 'crackdown' Woman describes torture, beatings in Chinese detention camp. Starving and subdued in Xinjiang detention centers: One woman's story. When Chinese state authorities prepared to release Gulbahar Jelil, an ethnic Uyghur woman born and raised in Kazakhstan, they told her that she was forbidden to tell anyone about what she had experienced over the one year, three months, and 10 days in which she was detained… She didn’t listen. Gulbahar Jelil was told not to mention the stench and sickness that hounded her and pervaded her crowded cell. UN seeking access to China's re-education camps in Xinjiang - Bachelet. Star Scholar Disappears as Crackdown Engulfs Western China. China’s re-education camps for a million Muslims. China’s Uighur Camps Swell as Beijing Widens the Dragnet.