Detention Facilities in Xinjiang: There Are More, not Less

Detention Facilities in Xinjiang: There Are More, not Less

The report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and other sources, confirm that the CCP propaganda claim that camps are being closed is a lie.

Shocking evidence that the Chinese government is pushing ahead with its drive to crush Uyghurs, by continuing to unlawfully detain them and squeeze their cultural and religious identity out of them, has emerged in a groundbreaking report.

Reports in late August that 268 detention facilities had been detected in Xinjiang  were shocking enough. But more revelations that in fact a staggering 380 such facilities exist, over 40 per cent more than previously identified, gives the lie to Beijing’s insistence that all internees from its so-called “vocational training” program in the transformation through education camps had “graduated.” There is now irrefutable proof that incarceration is continuing apace, and security has been stepped up.

The Xinjiang Data Project, unveiled by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) last week, provides the most comprehensive set of material yet on Xinjiang’s extra-judicial detention system. Meticulous analysis of both day and night-time satellite imagery shows the location of not only re-education camps, but also detention centres and prisons that have been newly built or significantly expanded since 2017.  Information compiled over two years compared nighttime lighting from early 2017, before the camps were constructed, with more recent light maps. The results pointed to the newly built detention facilities, standing out from other large public compounds such as schools by features such as high walls, watchtowers, and barbed-wire fencing. The key findings by authors Nathan Ruser, James Leibold, Kelsey Munro, and Tilla Hoja, show 61 of the sites to have grown since July 2019, including more than a dozen that were still under construction this year.

Eye witnesses cited in the report, and myriad exiled Uyghurs, including those interviewed by Bitter Winter on several occasions, have attested to their loved ones “graduating” from “re-education” to draconian sentences of up to 25 years imprisonment, possibly into the facilities that have expanded to accommodate them, suggests Nathan Ruser, one of the authors of the report.