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  World   Asia  25 Nov 2019  'Forced ideological re-education': Secret documents reveal how China's uighur detention camps work

'Forced ideological re-education': Secret documents reveal how China's uighur detention camps work

AP
Published : Nov 25, 2019, 3:20 pm IST
Updated : Nov 25, 2019, 3:20 pm IST

The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence.

The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there to prevent escapes. (Photo: AP)
 The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there to prevent escapes. (Photo: AP)

Beijing: The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there to prevent escapes.

Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet, scores that determine if they can leave.

 

Manner education is mandatory, but vocational skills improvement is offered only after a year in the camps.

Voluntary job training is the reason the Chinese government has given for detaining more than a million ethnic minorities, most of them Muslims.

But a classified blueprint leaked to a consortium of news organisations shows the camps are instead precisely what former detainees have described: Forced ideological and behavioural re-education centres run in secret.

The classified documents lay out the Chinese government's deliberate strategy to lock up ethnic minorities even before they commit a crime, to rewire their thoughts and the language they speak.

 

The papers also show how Beijing is pioneering a new form of social control using data and artificial intelligence.

Drawing on data collected by mass surveillance technology, computers issued the names of tens of thousands of people for interrogation or detention in just one week.

Taken as a whole, the documents give the most significant description yet of high-tech mass detention in the 21st century in the words of the Chinese government itself.

Experts say they spell out a vast system that targets, surveils and grades entire ethnicities to forcibly assimilate and subdue them -- especially Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic minority of more than 10 million people with their own language and culture.

 

They confirm that this is a form of cultural genocide, said Adrian Zenz, a leading security expert on the far western region of Xinjiang, the Uighur homeland.

It really shows that from the onset, the Chinese government had a plan.

Zenz said the documents echo the aim of the camps as outlined in a 2017 report from a local branch of the Xinjiang Ministry of Justice: To wash brains, cleanse hearts, support the right, remove the wrong.

Tags: china, chinese government, education
Location: China, Peking, Peking