China: Xinjiang officials arrest nearly half of village's population

Source:                www.chinaaid.org

Date:                     June 16, 2018

 

Brynne Lawrence

A prisoner in a torture position used in camps
that target ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.
(Photo: ChinaAid)
ChinaAid

(Qaraqash, Xinjiang—June 16, 2018) Almost half of the residents of a village in China’s northwestern Xinjiang are being held in “political re-education camps,” according to an anonymous official quoted in a Radio Free Asia article.

Following orders given by higher up officials, police in Yengisheher, a village in Qaraqash, Xinjiang, that nearly every adult male has been placed in a camp, which are notorious for their torture. The orders specifically target Uyghur people born in the 1980s and 1990s, and the official said that only old people and children remain free in the village.

This is taking place among a much wider crackdown in the province taking aim at predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities. Across the province, many village officials have received similar commands to arbitrarily arrest a certain number of people each month, culminating in a massive sweep of Uyghur and Kazakh people, many of whom are now crowded into the often overflowing camps, where they face starvation, sleep deprivation, the forced breaking of their halal diets, and other various torturous acts. As a result, some of the inmates have suffered mental breakdowns.

China’s central government has tried to cover up the existence of these camps, but, according to Radio Free Asia, local officials from various parts of Xinjiang have discussed sending Uyghurs to the facilities.

ChinaAid exposes abuses, such as those suffered by ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, in order to stand in solidarity with the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.

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