Tag: Uighurs (Chinese Ethnic Group)

‘I Have Told Everything,’ Says Whistle-Blower in China Crackdown

LONDON — A Uighur woman living in the Netherlands said on Saturday that she helped publicize secret Chinese government documents that shed light on how Beijing runs mass detention camps holding Muslim ethnic minorities. She recounted how she lived in fear after she and her former husband received death threats and were contacted by Chinese […]

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China’s Genetic Research on Ethnic Minorities Sets Off Science Backlash

BEIJING — China’s efforts to study the DNA of the country’s ethnic minorities have incited a growing backlash from the global scientific community, as a number of scientists warn that Beijing could use its growing knowledge to spy on and oppress its people. Two publishers of prestigious scientific journals, Springer Nature and Wiley, said this […]

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TikTok Reverses Ban on Teen Who Slammed China’s Muslim Crackdown

SHANGHAI — The video app TikTok on Wednesday reversed its decision to block an American teenager who posted a clip in which she discussed the mass internment of minority Muslims in China, and acknowledged that its moderation system had overreached in shutting her out of her account. The incident raised fresh concerns about whether TikTok, […]

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TikTok Blocks Teen Who Posted About China’s Detention Camps

SHANGHAI — The teenage girl, pink eyelash curler in hand, begins her video innocently: “Hi, guys. I’m going to teach you guys how to get long lashes.” After a few seconds, she asks viewers to put down their curlers. “Use your phone that you’re using right now to search up what’s happening in China, how […]

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New Leak Reveals Orders for China’s Internment Camps

HONG KONG — As the government accelerated mass detentions of Muslim minorities in northwest China, a senior official issued a secret directive giving detailed orders for how the rapidly expanding indoctrination camps holding them should be managed. Guards should impose pervasive, round-the-clock video surveillance to prevent escapes. Inmates were to be kept isolated from the […]

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China Didn’t Want Us to Know. Now Its Own Files Are Doing the Talking.

ImageUighur men having tea in Yarkand County in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, China.Credit…Gilles Sabrié for The New York Times No more denying, no more dodging. The Chinese Communist Party can no longer hide its relentless campaign of mass internment against the ethnic minorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, or claim that the effort […]

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Between the Lines of the Xinjiang Papers

ImageUighurs in Kashgar, in northwestern China, after the end of Ramadan in June.Credit…Greg Baker/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images The documents recently leaked to The New York Times not only reveal the rationale and implementation of the Chinese Communist Party’s policies in Xinjiang, a nominally autonomous region in northwestern China. They also open a window onto […]

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‘1984’ in China

“Ying shou jin shou” — “Round up everyone who should be rounded up.” The echo of “1984,” “Brave New World” or “Fahrenheit 451” is unmistakable. But this is not dystopian fiction. It’s a real bureaucratic directive prepared by the Chinese leadership, drawing on a series of secret speeches by Xi Jinping, China’s authoritarian leader, on […]

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After Times Report, China Defends Its Crackdown on Muslims

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday portrayed the country’s crackdown in the western region of Xinjiang as a great success against terrorism, trying to counter renewed international criticism following a New York Times article detailing the internal deliberations that led to the mass detention of Muslims in re-education camps and prisons. A spokesman for […]

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5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China’s Mass Detention of Muslims

HONG KONG — Internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times have revealed new details on the origins and execution of China’s mass detention of as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominately Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The 403 pages reveal how the demands of top officials, including President Xi […]

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China Sharpens Hacking to Hound Its Minorities, Far and Wide

SAN FRANCISCO — China’s state-sponsored hackers have drastically changed how they operate over the last three years, substituting selectivity for what had been a scattershot approach to their targets and showing a new determination by Beijing to push its surveillance state beyond its borders. The government has poured considerable resources into the change, which is […]

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As U.S. Takes Aim at Chinese Tech Firms, Trump Signals a Strategy Shift

SHANGHAI — The world has largely sat by for nearly two years as China detained more than one million people, mostly Muslims and members of minority ethnic groups, in re-education camps to force them to embrace the Communist Party. Now, the Trump administration has taken the first public step by a major world government toward […]

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What Xi Jinping Hasn’t Learned From China’s Emperors

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) on Oct. 1, the party-state has much to celebrate: an unprecedented record of economic development, world-class education and technological innovation, an increasingly prominent position on the world stage. But even as the authorities go to extreme lengths to assure a triumphant […]

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China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.

BEIJING — When Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited Beijing this summer, he hailed a new Silk Road bridging Asia and Europe. He welcomed big Chinese investments for his beleaguered economy. He gushed about China’s sovereignty. But Mr. Erdogan, who has stridently promoted Islamic values in his overwhelmingly Muslim country, was largely silent on the […]

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China’s Prisons Swell After Deluge of Arrests Engulfs Muslims

The Chinese government has built a vast network of re-education camps and a pervasive system of surveillance to monitor and subdue millions from Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. Now China is also turning to an older, harsher method of control: filling prisons in Xinjiang. The region in northwest China has experienced a record surge […]

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World Bank to Investigate if China Loan Funded Muslim Detention Camps

WASHINGTON — The World Bank is investigating whether a $50 million loan it granted in 2015 for an education project in China’s Xinjiang region has been used to fund Muslim detention camps. The review comes amid growing global concern that China has detained one million or more Muslim Uighurs and placed them in “re-education” camps […]

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European Companies Get Rich in China’s ‘Open Air Prison’

BERLIN — Many people around the world may just now be learning that around a million Uighur Muslims and other minorities have been locked up in extrajudicial internment camps in the region of Xinjiang, in western China. There is a reason for that: Xinjiang is remote and the Chinese government has expended considerable effort to […]

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China: Free Our Parents From Concentration Camps

Video A million ethnic minority Uighurs have been detained in “re-education camps.” Here, three young people share their stories.CreditCreditThe New York Times In the video Op-Ed above, three Chinese citizens whose parents disappeared demand their release from China’s “re-education camps.” The government is estimated to have detained over one million people. The goal: to force […]

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Critic of China’s Detention Camps Is Free, but Silence May Be the Price

HONG KONG — An activist who drew attention to the plight of Muslims held in Chinese indoctrination camps has been freed after months of detention in Kazakhstan, but his lawyer refused to sign his plea deal, saying she believed he had been threatened into accepting it. The activist, Serikzhan Bilash, walked out of a courtroom […]

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In China, Where ‘Education’ Is Indoctrination and ‘Students’ Are Muslim Detainees

HOTAN, China — The muscular young Uighur man sat uncomfortably, glancing occasionally at three Chinese officials in the room, as he described his state-mandated salvation in a re-education camp. The man, Abduweili Kebayir, 25, explained how watching Islamic videos on his phone landed him in one of China’s notorious indoctrination camps for Muslims for eight […]

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China Says It Has Released Most Muslims Held in Camps. That’s Difficult to Prove.

BEIJING — Senior Chinese officials made the surprising announcement on Tuesday that the authorities had released most detainees held in the government’s mass internment program for ethnic minority Muslims in China’s far west, but provided no firm numbers or specific details to support their assertion. Alken Tuniaz, vice chairman of the government of the region […]

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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