China’s Repression of Uighurs in Xinjiang

China’s Repression of Uighurs in Xinjiang

  • More than a million Muslims have been arbitrarily detained in China’s Xinjiang region.
  • The reeducation camps are just one part of the government’s crackdown on Uighurs.  

The Chinese government has reportedly detained more than a million Muslims in reeducation camps. Most of the people who have been arbitrarily detained are Uighur, a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group primarily from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Human rights organizations, UN officials, and many foreign governments are urging China to stop the crackdown. But Chinese officials maintain that what they call vocational training centers do not infringe on Uighurs’ human rights. They have refused to share information about the detention centers, and prevented journalists and foreign investigators from examining them. However, internal Chinese government documents leaked in late 2019 have provided important details on how officials launched and maintain the detention camps.