By: Angélique FORGET|Antoine VÉDEILHÉ
In China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, more than one million ethnic Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps. The authorities call them “re-education through labour camps”, but victims say the reality is forced indoctrination for Uighurs held in alarming conditions. From China to Canada, via Turkey and France, our reporters Angélique Forget and Antoine Védeilhé investigated the plight of the Uighurs and gathered rare testimony. This is their exclusive report.
Human rights groups are calling it the largest mass incarceration of the 21st century. In the Chinese province of Xinjiang – three times the size of France – houses, streets and sometimes entire villages have been emptied of their inhabitants. Accused of religious extremism, they are sent to “re-education through labour camps” or “vocational training” centres, as the authorities call them, without any form of trial.
According UN experts, more than one million Uighur citizens – members of a Turkic-speaking, Muslim minority – are held in these camps, which are in reality huge prisons. Detainees are reportedly tortured and brainwashed by the Communist Party. [FULL STORY]