US sanctions architects of China’s internment camps

US sanctions architects of China’s internment camps

  • Zhu Hailun – one of four officials to be sanctioned – was revealed in the China Cables investigation as the signatory to the sweeping extra-judicial internment and indoctrination plans.

The United States has sanctioned Zhu Hailun, the architect of China’s mass internment camps, along with three other Chinese officials for human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority.

Zhu’s signature was on five of the six documents at the heart of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist’s China Cables investigation into mass arbitrary detention camps in the country’s Xinjiang province.

Also sanctioned was Zhu’s former boss, Xinjiang Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, a member of China’s powerful politburo, for “leading an entity that engaged in serious human rights abuses.”

Chen became Xinjiang leader in 2016, after time in Tibet where he flooded the region with security forces and seized control of Buddhist monasteries, imposing Chinese authority over a restive Tibetan ethnic community. The same year, he promoted Zhu to deputy party leader.

The U.S. Treasury Department said that Chen, the highest-ranking Chinese official to be sanctioned, had implemented “a comprehensive surveillance, detention, and indoctrination program in Xinjiang, targeting Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities.”

China Cables revealed the nation’s operations manual for mass indoctrination and exposed the country’s plans for mass surveillance. More than one million Uighurs have been held in mass-detention camps, according to U.N. estimates.