The New York Times
ate: April 16, 2019
By: Jeremy Engle
Before reading the article:
What do you know about the Uighurs and their mistreatment by the Chinese government?
The Uighurs (pronounced WEE-gers) are a Muslim ethnic minority whose population is concentrated in far western China. Today, roughly 11 million Uighurs are facing what Human Rights Watch has called“rampant violations” of the “fundamental rights to freedom of expression, religion and privacy, and protections from torture and unfair trials.”
Last fall, The New York Times reported that nearly one million Uighurs and members of other Muslim groups have been forced into indefinite detention in re-education camps in the western Xinjiang region. There, they face intense psychological pressure to renounce their culture, religion and identity.
The Chinese government, after initial denials, portrayed these sites as “vocational training centers” that are a necessary “preventive measure to deter people from terrorism and enable them to fit into society.”
In a new interactive report, The Times, describes how China is turning the town of Kashgar into a virtual prison in order to further monitor and control the Uighur population.