October 2018

ChinaFile Presents: The Situation in Xinjiang

  • Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:23

Historian Rian Thum and journalists Gulchehra Hoja of Radio Free Asia and James Palmer of Foreign Policy discuss the present human rights crisis in China's far-western Xinjiang region. The conversation was moderated by Jessica Batke, senior editor of ChinaFile.

Oppression of Uyghurs in China Only ‘Gives Rise to Hatred,’ Say Their Families in Japan

  • Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:21

American human rights activists recently criticized the forced detention of over a million people in re-education camps in the Uyghur Autonomous Region in Xinjiang, China. Uyghurs living in Japan also worry about the safety of their families back home.

Rebiya Kadeer (center), former head of the World Uyghur Congress, shouts slogans with others holding Uyghur flags during a protest in Brussels, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

PART III: Interview: ‘We tell them that they would be banned from seeing their family again.’

  • Tue, 10/30/2018 - 20:19

A police officer recounts his work as a guard at a Xinjiang "political re-education camp."

Abdikadir Yasin, a Uighur Muslim from China seeking asylum in Sweden, with his wife and one of their children in emergency housing in the city of Gävle.CreditCreditElisabeth Ubbe for The New York Times

They Escaped China’s Crackdown, but Now Wait in Limbo

  • Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00

Abdikadir Yasin and his wife waited for months, dreading a call telling them they would have to leave Sweden and return to western China, where the government has corralled hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs like them into re-education camps.

How Beijing is using the Nazi propaganda playbook to justify its concentration camps to the world

  • Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00

After strenuously denying it for many months, China’s government in mid-October suddenly admitted that the Xinjiang concentration camps exist. However, it now tries to present a propaganda picture of benign “vocational training centres,” rolled out to deal with people who pose a threat to social order.

China’s Government Has Ordered a Million Citizens to Occupy Uighur Homes. Here’s What They Think They’re Doing

  • Fri, 10/26/2018 - 00:00

Often, the big brothers and sisters arrived dressed in hiking gear. They appeared in the villages in groups, their backpacks bulging, their luggage crammed with electric water-kettles, rice-cookers, and other useful gifts for their hosts.

An image from undated video footage of Muslims reading from official Chinese language textbooks at a training center in Hotan, in Xinjiang. The Chinese authorities recently acknowledged the existence of a vast network of indoctrination camps.CreditCreditCCTV, via Associated Press Video, via Associated Press

China Locks Up Ethnic Minorities in Camps. It Says So Itself

  • Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:00

“Citizens, please remain calm and relax, no one in the re-education camps will starve, be left in the cold, be punished or be forced to work.” With these words, an official from China’s Communist Youth League tried to reassure relatives and friends of members of predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities who had been taken to internment centers.

Abdukerim Rahman in an undated photo

Scholars Reflect on Legacy of Uyghur Folklore Research Founder, Now in Detention

  • Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:00

Abdukerim Rahman’s life work continues to inspire academics studying Uyghur literature.

Uighur security personnel patrol in Kashgar (AP: Ng Han Guan, file)

Three Australians were detained in China's re-education camps in the past year, DFAT reports

  • Thu, 10/25/2018 - 00:00

Three Australians were detained and released from China's political re-education camps in Xinjiang province in the past year, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

China's hidden camps

  • Wed, 10/24/2018 - 21:49

The BBC has new evidence that China is building a vast network of internment camps for its Muslim population in the western region of Xinjiang. Experts say one facility we’ve identified could be one of the biggest detention centres in the world.