Terror & tourism: Xinjiang eases its grip, but fear remains. By DAKE KANG.
Why Xinjiang is an internal settler colony – SupChina. Room for 10,000: Inside China's largest detention center. DABANCHENG, China (AP) — The Uyghur inmates sat in uniform rows with their legs crossed in lotus position and their backs ramrod straight, numbered and tagged, gazing at a television playing grainy black-and-white images of Chinese Communist Party history.
This is one of an estimated 240 cells in just one section of Urumqi No. 3 Detention Center in Dabancheng, seen by Associated Press journalists granted extraordinary access during a state-led tour to China’s far west Xinjiang region. The detention center is the largest in the country and possibly the world, with a complex that sprawls over 220 acres — making it twice as large as Vatican City. A sign at the front identified it as a “kanshousuo,” a pre-trial detention facility. Chinese officials declined to say how many inmates were there, saying the number varied.
Fertility Control in 新疆. Reeducation Camps. Forced Labor in 新疆. Internal Documents. Uighur Resistance. Surveillance in 新疆. Defense of Policies. Map & Satellite Evidence. How China is crushing the Uyghurs. The Evolution of China’s ‘Preventive Counterterrorism’ in Xinjiang - Newlines Institute. Full transcript: Interview with Xinjiang government chief on counterterrorism, vocational education and training in Xinjiang. BEIJING, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- Correspondents at Xinhua News Agency have recently interviewed Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on counterterrorism and the vocational education and training program in the region.
The following is the full transcript of the interview: Question: Would you please brief us on the current situation in Xinjiang, given that under the influence of international terrorism and religious extremism, the number of violent terrorist attacks had been on the rise in parts of the region over a period of time? Answer: Since the 1990s, the "three evil forces" (terrorism, extremism and separatism) in China and abroad have plotted, organized and conducted thousands of violent terrorist attacks including bombings, assassinations, poisoning, arson, assaults, unrest and riots, causing the deaths of a large number of innocent people and hundreds of police officers, as well as immeasurable property damage.
Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State. 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.
" 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.
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. “But we haven’t seen the evidence for these massive claims.” He went on to describe reports of Beijing’s abuse of Uyghurs as “the hostile language of a Cold War, weaponizing a minority group.” 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.
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. Secret Video Offers Rare Look Inside Chinese Labor Program. The ‘happiest Muslims in the world’ and their GPS trackers.
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Subscribe for free. 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.
If the education is not going well, we will continue to provide free education, until the students achieve satisfactory results and graduate smoothly. 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. 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. Read the full report. Western media report on Xinjiang lacks morality. People dance outside the Xinjiang International Grand Bazaar in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, May 22, 2019. Photo: Xinhua The New York Times on Saturday disclosed more than 400 pages of "leaked files" from Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and maliciously attacked China's governance in Xinjiang.
Western public opinion used their value system to criticize the vocational education and training centers in Xinjiang. China Leadership. The Communist Party’s governance strategy toward the nearly 120 million ethnic minorities living in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has shifted—at times dramatically—during the past seventy years. There has been a gradual yet consistent hardening of policy since the late 1990s, with a renewed focused on nation-building and borderland security. More specifically, the mass incarceration of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) beginning in early 2017 represents the leading edge of a far more coercive and assimilatory approach to ethnocultural diversity and political loyalty in the PRC. Document: What Chinese Officials Told Children Whose Families Were Put in Camps.
The Strangers. In the winter of 2009, I was spending my weekends in the northeast Chinese city of Tangshan, and eating most of my food from the far-western province of Xinjiang. Like many minorities, the Uighur, the native people of Xinjiang, have made their chief impact on mainstream culture through cuisine. I have always favored their ubiquitous restaurants when traveling. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images Uighurs help a woman who collapsed during a protest in Urumqi on July 7, 2009, following a third day of unrest.
Police fired tear gas to disperse thousands of Han Chinese protesters armed with makeshift weapons and vowing revenge for inter-ethnic rioting that claimed at least 194 lives. But there was something unfamiliar about the place I usually ate at in Tangshan; the waiters were young children. 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.’ HOTAN, China — On the edge of a desert in far western China, an imposing building sits behind a fence topped with barbed wire. Large red characters on the facade urge people to learn Chinese, study law and acquire job skills. Guards make clear that visitors are not welcome.
Inside, hundreds of ethnic Uighur Muslims spend their days in a high-pressure indoctrination program, where they are forced to listen to lectures, sing hymns praising the Chinese Communist Party and write “self-criticism” essays, according to detainees who have been released. The goal is to remove any devotion to Islam. 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. 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.
She was not to mention that 30 women were forced to share a 14-square-meter space. She was not to talk about their starvation diet, how detainees received only about 600 calories per day — equivalent to two or three plain bagels — and that she had lost close to 100 pounds over the course of her internment. “You will eat more food now, since you will soon be released,” they said. 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.