Australian think container finds 380 detention camps under Xinjiang

CANBERRA, Australia — China appears to be expanding its system of secret detention centers in Xinjiang, in which mostly Muslim minorities are targeted at a forced assimilation effort, and much more of those centers resemble prisons, an Australian think tank has found.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute utilized satellite images and official structure tender records to map over 380 suspected detention centers at the far northwestern area, highlighting internment camps, detention facilities, and prisons that have been recently built or enlarged since 2017.

That is even though Chinese state news agency Xinhua reporting last year that”trainees” attending”vocational training and education centers” supposed to deradicalize them “all graduated”

Regional authorities chairman Shohrat Zakir was quoted as stating that overseas media accounts of 1 million or two million individuals attending these facilities were fabricated, although he wouldn’t supply any statistics.

Social media reports and analyses from net users, Wang stated among the websites from the report was identified as a digital manufacturing park and yet another as a multinational residential complicated.

“We also expect that all industries can differentiate truth from falsehood and collectively resist such idiotic assertions chased by anti-China associations,” Wang explained.

Predominantly Muslim minorities from the Xinjiang area have been locked from camps as part of a government assimilation campaign established in reaction to decades of the sometimes violent battle against Chinese rule. Although officials described the camps as”boarding school-like” centers intended to supply free job coaching, former detainees say they had been exposed to brutal conditions, political indoctrination, beatings, and at times physical and psychological torture.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute researcher Nathan Ruser wrote in the report released late Thursday: “Available evidence indicates that lots of extrajudicial detainees from Xinjiang’s vast’re-education’ community are currently being officially charged and locked up at greater safety facilities, such as recently built or enlarged prisons, or delivered to walled factory substances for coerced labor duties.”

At least 61 detention websites had experienced new building and growth work in a year to July 2020, the report stated. These comprised at least 14 facilities under construction this season.

“Of them, about 50% are far greater safety facilities, which might indicate a change in use in the lower-security,’ re-education facilities’ toward higher-security prison-style centers,” Ruser wrote.

At least 70 facilities seemed to have lesser safety by the elimination of inner fencing or perimeter walls, ” the report stated.

These comprised eight camps that revealed indications of decommissioning and had been shut. Of the camps stripped of safety infrastructure, 90 percent were reduced safety facilities, ” the report stated.

The think tank findings align with AP interviews with dozens of family and former detainees that signify several in the camps are sentenced secretly, extrajudicial trials, and moved to high-security prisons for matters like having touch with people overseas, having a lot of kids and analyzing Islam. Some others deemed a threat, such as the elderly, have been moved to some kind of house arrest or forced labor in factories.