Fearing international inspectors seeking human rights abuses in Xinjiang, authorities adopt strict methods to conceal activities and to intimidate families into silence.
International media has already reported that Uyghurs are being transferred to, and detained in, other provinces of China. Bitter Winter has uncovered further details about the movement, and what we are learning is disturbing.
The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, established almost 65 years ago to protect and develop the remote northwestern region of China, is now playing an increasing role in the central government’s efforts to fight “religious extremism.”
Hailed by the authorities for years as the “good Muslims” or “model minority,” China’s Hui citizens are experiencing the crackdown on their culture and traditions as part of the anti-Islam campaign in northwestern provinces and regions.
In a conversation with a friend, the teacher had expressed exhaustion with the local government and disapproved of the CCP’s policies. As a result, he lost his job, and his colleagues at school are subjected to strict control.
As countless Xinjiang Muslims continue to be put away in detention, the Chinese authorities are breaking apart families and inflicting severe emotional trauma on children, suffering through unhappy childhoods without parents.
As a result of discriminatory policies, Uyghur and Hui citizens are finding it extremely difficult to sell, buy or rent real estate property in Xinjiang, while neighboring provinces are instituting control over hotels accepting Uyghurs.
In its zeal to “maintain stability” in the Muslim majority province, the authorities have plunged to ridiculous depths and are effectively crippling business owners.
An imam from Xinjiang managed to escape when he was being taken for arraignment but eventually had to turn himself in because he had nowhere to hide.