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