Month: October 2019

A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What Really Goes on Inside

Twenty prisoners live in one small room. They are handcuffed, their heads shaved, every move is monitored by ceiling cameras. A bucket in the corner of the room is their toilet. The daily routine begins at 6 A.M. They are learning Chinese, memorizing propaganda songs and confessing to invented sins. They range in age from […]

Xinjiang Children Sent to Inland Schools for “Sinicization”

Every year, the CCP methodically recruits large numbers of ethnic minority students from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to study in other parts of China. Not only are their tuition and all expenses covered by the government, but specially-assigned staff accompany them on trips from and to Xinjiang, otherwise assist and supervise them. Nothing comes for free But what lies beneath […]

China’s attacks on Uighur women are crimes against humanity

Sitting in a hearing room in Congress, in a gray plaid hijab, her dark blond hair poking out, Mihrigul Tursun begins to cry. She is there to share the plight of her fellow Uighurs in Xinjiang. Her translator reads aloud Tursun’s prepared statement about her three separate detentions by the Chinese government in Xinjiang’s internment camps. […]

Connecting the Dots in Xinjiang: Forced Labor, Forced Assimilation, and Western Supply Chains

Efthimia Maria (“Mariefaye”) Bechrakis Program Manager and Research Associate, Human Rights Initiative October 16, 2019 The Chinese government has detained and “reeducated” more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang in an effort to fully secure and control the population there. It is believed to be the largest- scale […]

‘There’s no hope for the rest of us.’ Uyghur scientists swept up in China’s massive detentions

No one outside the Chinese government knows where Tashpolat Tiyip is. No one knows exactly what charges have been filed against him. The only thing that anyone really knows is that in April 2017, as the geographer and former president of Xinjiang University in Ürümqi prepared to fly from Beijing to Berlin for a scientific […]

A Uighur scholar facing potential execution is one of over a million detained by China

Nury Tiyip grew up following in his brother Tashpolat’s footsteps: from their hometown of Ili, a remote city near the Chinese-Soviet border; to Urumqi, where they both played volleyball at Xinjiang University; to Japan, where they also studied. Tashpolat was Nury’s idol and a model citizen — a member of the Muslim Uighur minority who […]

China coerces Uighur women into unwanted marriages

In China’s western Xinjiang province, Uighur women are marrying Han men, but not because they want to. If they refuse, the women and their families could be arrested or sent to an internment camp. The Uighurs are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic ethnic minority, while the Han are China’s largest ethnicity. Historically, levels of inter-marriage were low. The […]

‘There Was a Cemetery Outside The Detention Center in Kashgar:’ Asylum Seeker

Kong Yuanfeng arrived on the Pacific island of Saipan, a commonwealth of the United States, last March after fleeing China. Kong had run afoul of the ruling Chinese Communist Party while working as a laborer in the southern province of Guangdong in September 2001, and was handed a 10-year prison term as part of a […]

Video showing hundreds of shackled, blindfolded prisoners in China is ‘genuine’

  Human rights groups say China is holding one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, at detention camps – a charge Beijing denies. Online footage purporting to show hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners in a mostly Muslim region of China is believed to be authentic, a European security source has told Sky News. The detainees […]