Photos show huge expansion of Chinese facility where Muslim minorities say they are persecuted and forced to sing hymns to Xi Jinping
  • Fri, 10/05/2018 - 00:00

Alexandra Ma
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:57 AM

  • New satellite images are said to show a facility used to detain China's Uighur Muslim ethnic minority in the western region of Xinjiang.
  • Shawn Zhang, a law student in Canada, posted what he said were images of a reeducation camp in Kashgar, Xinjiang, saying they showed that by August it had expanded to more than 11 times its size in February 2017.
  • People say they've witnessed or been subjected to physical and psychological torture in camps like this.

Newly published satellite images are said to show the rapid expansion of a Chinese facility built for the country's persecuted Uighur Muslim ethnic minority.

Shawn Zhang, a law student in Canada, on Wednesday posted what he said were photos of a reeducation camp in the western region of Xinjiang, where about 8 million Uighurs live and are mostly detained. Many Uighurs refer to the region as East Turkestan.

Zhang said the photos showed a reeducation camp in southern Shule, a county near Xinjiang's capital, Kashgar.

The facility was about 28,000 square meters in February 2017 and by this August had grown to more than 11 times that size, to 320,000 square meters, according to Zhang's measurements.