The unfortunate fate of Xinjiang has estimated up to one million people detained in China’s mass “re-education” camps.
China has tried to hide their campaign of their mass captivation. Intensive surveillance, political brainwashing, and forced cultural assimilation are put against the region’s Uighurs, Kazakhs.
Amnesty International has interviewed more than 100 people outside of China whose relatives in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region are still missing. Furthermore, individuals say they were tortured and humiliated while in detention camps there.
A former detainee shares “I was kept ( In a standing fixed position) for 12 hours. I completely lost my will, and followed all of their orders after that.”
Those who resist or fail to show enough progress face punishments. Punishments ranged from verbal abuse to food deprivation, solitary confinement, beatings and use of restraints and stress positions. There have been reports of deaths inside the facilities, including suicides of those unable to bear the mistreatment.
Chinese authorities say it is necessary to prevent religious “extremism” and “terrorist activities”, and to ensure “ethnic unity” and national security.
“So-called ‘re-education camps’ are places of brainwashing, torture and punishment that hark back to the darkest hours of the Mao-era, when anyone suspected of not being loyal enough to the state or the Chinese Communist Party could end up in China’s notorious labour camps. Members of predominately Muslim ethnic minority groups are living in permanent fear for themselves and for their detained relatives,” said Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s East Asia Director.
Bota told Amnesty, “My father is an ordinary citizen. We were a happy family before he was detained. We laughed together. We can’t laugh any more, and we can’t sleep at night. We live in fear every day. It has done great harm to my mother. We don’t know where he is. We don’t even know if he’s still alive. I want to see my father again.”
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