The Uighur and other Muslim populations are being controlled by the Chinese Communist Party in the country’s Xinjiang region and the extent of their control has exposed some of the most egregious human rights abuses against a minority population. Moreover, the Chinese government has established hundreds of prisons to intern the minority populations, first revealed in an extensive investigation into satellite images obtained and reviewed by Buzzfeed News.
Uighurs, a Turkic-ethnic minority, and other Muslim minorities have been the Communist Party’s target. The government says they’re trying to “reeducated” the Uighurs, but, according to many reports, they’re trying to control the population with tactics that appear eerily similar to those of Nazi Germany.
Chinese officials, however, deny that any form of abuse or mass imprisonment.
“In the most extensive investigation of China’s internment camp system ever done using publicly available satellite images, coupled with dozens of interviews with former detainees, BuzzFeed News identified more than 260 structures built since 2017 and bearing the hallmarks of fortified detention compounds,” Buzzfeed’s report notes.
“There is at least one in nearly every county in the far-west region of Xinjiang. During that time, the investigation shows, China has established a sprawling system to detain and incarcerate hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities, in what is already the largest-scale detention of ethnic and religious minorities since World War II.“
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