The Chinese Communist Party has repurposed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Xigebi, the city of Kumul in Xinjiang for a conversion study group, or as it is more commonly known as a transformation through education camp. Bitter Winter has obtained a short video showing the outside of the camp. A fence with barbed wire on the top of it blocks the main entrance to the camp. All those entering the camp have to hand in their cell phones for inspection, and there is no access to the Internet inside.
A Bitter Winter source revealed that this re-education camp used to be made up of two buildings; however, due to the growing numbers of detainees, they had to add one more building, and are currently still building the extension. For the most part, the detainees are Uyghurs, but there are a few Han people detained as well, both male and female.
The CCP government has been implementing the ethnic and religious persecution campaign in Xinjiang and other regions of China with the aim to “sinicize” religions – adapt them to China’s socialist society. Increasing numbers of people – around one million Muslims, according to some estimations – are locked up in the “transformation through education camps” under the pretext to fight against terrorism, which the international community calls a major human rights violation in China.
The so-called “education” is, actually, intense indoctrination when detainees are required to praise the Communist Party daily, renounce their Muslim beliefs and ways of life as well as demonstrate unquestionable submission to the Party’s rule. This is being enforced by, for example, making them sing songs glorifying the Communist Party before and after each meal.
You can watch the video here.
Source: Direct Reports from China.