Tuesday, July 03, 2018

We need to start paying attention to China’s concentration camps

Things are going from bad to potentially far worse in China's western region of Xinjiang.

JUL 3, 2018, 5:58 PM
 Beijing has begun setting up concentration camps for over a million members of its minority Uyghur population.

In China’s remote western province of Xinjiang, the Chinese government has begun constructing a series of internment camps larger than anything the world currently knows.

Meant to house upwards of a million — and potentially more — of the region’s indigenous Muslim minority, known as Uyghurs, the camps, according to one U.S. commission studying the region, present the “largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”

And they’re only just beginning.

Technically called “Concentrated Education Transformation Centers” — with one even named, in a manner that would make George Orwell blush, as “the Loving Kindness School” — the camps span Xinjiang, a region known to Uyghurs as East Turkestan. Unsurprisingly, Chinese authorities have revealed little information about the camps: how many people are being detained, what crimes they supposedly committed, and when, if ever, these camps will be dismantled.

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