The local authorities lock up people in “education” camps even for speaking the Uyghur language.
A Bitter Winter reporter has managed to talk to a detainee in one of the “transformation through education camps” for local Muslims in Xinjiang, where over 1,200 men and women are held.
An inside source revealed to Bitter Winter how officers from Ulan-Usu town of Shawan county use false pretexts to lure Muslims into the police station, later locking them up in a local “transformation through education” camp.
A 76-year-old bed-ridden Muslim has been sent for “transformation through education” after one of his grandchildren has been detained.
An Uyghur couple, both with medical problems, from Kumul city, Xinjiang were arrested and detained in “transformation through education camps,” leaving their three children behind. Bitter Winter interviewed one of them.
The Chinese government expands the network of “transformation through education camps” in Xinjiang. Bitter Winter has obtained videos and photos showing the outside of these facilities.
In a decision awaited with interest in political and diplomatic circles, the Court of Zharkent, Kazakhstan, has ruled that a Chinese Muslim woman, who entered the country illegally, should not be deported to China, where she would face imprisonment and torture.
Schools and other state-owned buildings in Wusu city, Xinjiang, are being converted into “transformation through education” camps for Uyghur Muslims.
Pazil Utuⱪ, an Uyghur Muslim from an old and well-known Muslim family in Xinjiang, was shot dead after a massive manhunt mobilizing over 70,000 people.
The U.S. Congressional Commission on China, chaired by Senator Marco Rubio, heard experts and witnesses on the growing persecution of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.