Another building has been discovered as a “transformation through education” camp in Xinjiang.
As hundreds of Muslims of various ethnicities continue to be detained, Chinese authorities are working on creating more and more spaces to hold them. Bitter Winter has recently reported about a school in Nilka county, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, which was converted in a camp. A camp in Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture is being passed off as a vocational training center.
Now, another building complex in Kashgar has been discovered as a camp. An insider revealed that the Chengnan Education and Training Center in Kashgar’s Baren township is not a school, but a camp where many Uyghurs are being held at the moment.
The Uyghur-dominated Kashgar is located in southern Xinjiang and a focal point of authorities’ suppression efforts.
The complex includes five four-story buildings, which house the detainees. There are four other dormitory buildings as well, but they are currently under renovation.
Each building has 28 rooms per floor, and each room is about 25 square meters in area. Two cameras are installed inside each room, resembling prison-like monitoring.
There are more buildings at the complex that are under construction. It is not yet known what they will be used for. However, the complex has been fenced with barbed wire already.
Reported by Li Zaili
Video 1: Rooms under renovation, each containing a small lavatory
Li Zaili (uses pseudonyms for security reasons), born in Xinjiang in 1982, went to the United States to study at the age of 16. After graduating from university, Li returned to Xinjiang and worked in journalism. In 2014, Xinjiang authorities started detaining large numbers of Muslims in “transformation through education camps.” Learning of that, he left his original position and began independently collecting and organizing information related to “transformation through education camps,” and submitted articles for publication in overseas media outlets. After Bitter Winter was founded in May 2018, Li Zaili became a special correspondent of Bitter Winter covering Xinjiang, Xizang and some other regions in China.