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China running 380 detention centres in Xinjiang

Christian Fernsby |
China’s network of detention centres in the northwest Xinjiang region is much bigger than previously thought and is being expanded.

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Topics: CHINA   

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said it had identified more than 380 “suspected detention facilities” in the region, where the United Nations says more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking residents have been held in recent years.

China has said the camps are vocational skills training centres and a necessary part of efforts to counter the threat of “extremism”.

“The findings of this research contradict Chinese officials’ claims that all “trainees” from so-called vocational skills training centres had “graduated” by late 2019,” lead researcher Nathan Ruser wrote.

“Instead, available evidence suggests that many extrajudicial detainees are now being formally charged and locked up in higher security facilities.”