China’s plans to build “re-education” camps came to light in late 2016 and several months later the camps began popping up in the Uyghur region.
During a press conference earlier this week, China’s Consul General in Almaty denied the existence of “re-education” detention camps in Eastern Turkistan. Zhang Wei said China doesn’t have “such a concept” and reporters should direct their questions to CNN because it spread the news about the “r-education” camps.
Dear international organizations, national leaders, human rights activists, scholars, religious leaders, public figures, journalists and all champions of human rights and democracy,
Like many Uyghur activists in exile, I deeply appreciate the Wilson Center’s publication of English translations of important documents from the Russian State Archive of Modern History, which revealing details of communications between Soviet diplomats and Uyghurs leaders.
(Washington D.C.)—The Commission’s 2017 Annual Report highlighted intensified restrictions on religious freedom and oppressive security controls, particularly in ethnic minority regions, including the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The situation has only further deteriorated since the Report’s release in October. Today, Senator Marco Rubio and Representative Chris Smith, the chair and cochairman respectively of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (the Commission), expressed alarm about the human rights crisis in Xinjiang.