FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS FROM XINJIANG CAMPS

  
Via:  larry-hampton  •  3 months ago  •  6 comments

FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS FROM XINJIANG CAMPS
“I knew that all people there were not guilty of anything,” she said. “I could do nothing to help them avoid suffering. That’s why I decided that one day I would publicize what’s happening there.”

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A massive, long-running security crackdown in Xinjiang has included the detention of an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs  and other Muslim minorities in a  series of internment camps across the region. Two recent reports from Human Rights Watch–one on the “Integrated Joint Operations Platform” (IJOP) predictive policing system used to fill the camps from last year, and another released this month detailing how police interact with the IJOP –help to explain how authorities are filling those camps. Several recent reports, meanwhile, provide a glimpse into the conditions inside the camps. At CNN, Matt Rivers and Lily Li relay horrific stories of abuse and indoctrination of inmates in a Xinjiang internment camp from a former camp employee . Sayragul Sauytbay, a 41-year-old ethnic Kazakh woman who served as a teacher at a Xinjiang camp, fled Xinjiang for Kazakhstan with forged papers last year to unite with her family, and stood trial there for illegal border crossing (she was found guilty, but the judge decided to block her extradition to China).

“I knew that all people there were not guilty of anything,” she said. “I could do nothing to help them avoid suffering. That’s why I decided that one day I would publicize what’s happening there.”

[…] “They told me to tell them, ‘The Communist Party has led you to this day. The fact that you are living is thanks to the Communist Party. You have made a mistake by failing to know the Chinese language. The lack of your knowledge of the Chinese language is a treachery of the state’,” she said.

[…] Sauytbay said there were severe punishments for those who did not make enough “progress” in learning the language or even traditional Chinese terms for things like burials and holidays.

“Those who cannot learn fast enough or meet daily goals are deprived of food. The food itself is so bad. For three meals they give rice porridge, one ladle of it, and one piece of bread … They are also subject to sleep deprivation,” she said.

For those who were not easily taught or who fought back against the ideology, Sauytbay claimed, even darker methods of coercion were used. […] [ Source ]


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Larry Hampton
1  seeder  Larry Hampton    3 months ago

Wired’s Isobel Cockerell offers a comprehensive summary of the many aspects of the ongoing rights crisis in Xinjiang. After providing context on the massive surveillance state that Xinjiang has become in recent years and the way that widely popular Chinese messaging app WeChat has been used to surveil at home and implicate those with connections abroad, Cockerell provides another former camp inmate’s account of her internment :

Gulbahar Jalilova, 54, a Uyghur clothes retailer from Kazakhstan, spent one year, three months and 10 days in detention centers and camps in Urumqi. She now lives in Istanbul. According to her arrest warrant in China, issued by the Urumqi Public Security Bureau, she was detained “for her suspicious involvement in terrorist activities in the region.” Police accused her of money laundering via one of her employees in Urumqi, who was also arrested. Jalilova denies the charges, saying that they were a mere pretext.

[…] Jalilova was taken to  a kanshousuo , one of the many temporary detention centers in the Xinjiang capital. Over the next 15 months, she was transferred to three different jails and camps in Urumqi. She is precise and exacting in her memory of life in detention: a 10-by-20 foot cell, with up to 50 people sitting in tightly packed rows, their feet tucked beneath them.

Jalilova, who has struggled with her memory since being released in August 2018, keeps a notebook where she has written down all the names of the women who were in the cell with her. She also notes the reasons for their arrest, which include downloading WhatsApp—a blocked app in China—storing the numbers of prominent Uyghur scholars, and being caught with religious content on their phones. […] [ Source ]
 
 
 
Krishna
2  Krishna    3 months ago

One of the things I find so strange about this is the lack of outrage from the world's 50+ Muslim countries. I am really puzzled as to why this is so...???

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
2.1  seeder  Larry Hampton  replied to  Krishna @2    3 months ago

Great question. Here’s one example...

How China Persuaded One Muslim Nation to Keep Silent on Xinjiang Camps

https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-china-persuaded-one-muslim-nation-to-keep-silent-on-xinjiang-camps-11576090976

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
2.1.1  seeder  Larry Hampton  replied to  Larry Hampton @2.1    3 months ago

Also ...

Islamic Leaders Have Nothing to Say About China’s Internment Camps for Muslims

https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/07/24/islamic-leaders-have-nothing-to-say-about-chinas-internment-camps-for-muslims/

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
2.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Larry Hampton @2.1.1    3 months ago

So it's the old story of money talks

I should have known. Disgusting.

 
 
 
Larry Hampton
2.1.3  seeder  Larry Hampton  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @2.1.2    3 months ago

You got it Perrie. 

 
 
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