A camp spread over 220 acres. Tens of thousands of inmates in approximately 240 rooms. This is about the Uyghur camp in western China’s Xinjiang province. It is arguably the largest and most brutal prison in the world. The tens of thousands of Uyghur Muslims are being held captive by the Chinese government under the guise of extremists and traitors. The Uyghurs are of Turkish descent, mainly living in the Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China’s Xinjiang Province. They are found in Turkey, parts of Russia and Uzbekistan. The Uyghurs are a minority in China. The Congressional Executive Commission of China is behind the report. The main part of the report was that the Chinese government was trying to genocide a section of the population through brutal human rights violations. The U.S. State Department’s annual report also mentions the Uyghur genocide. That report on human rights issues in more than 180 countries accuses China of brutally blocking religious and freedom of expression.
Why camp? What’s going on there?
Reports of an adventure study conducted by the international news agency AP revealed the mysteries and secrets of the Uyghur camp. The investigation was carried out by visiting the camp and with the help of satellite images. China still does not have a clear answer as to how many people are being housed in a camp twice the size of Vatican City. Over the past four years, China has imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs in the fight against terrorism in the wake of attacks by some extremist Uyghur groups who are not interested in China’s policies. The Chinese claim that they do not see those caught in such cases as prisoners. But human rights groups around the world say China’s training centers are good prisons, but China initially refused to talk about such camps, including Uyghur, but agreed in 2019 due to persistent international pressure. Satellite imagery showed that China had built another similar camp in the same year on 85 acres of land in Dabancheng, near the Uyghur camp. A trainer at the camp said it was ‘more horrible than hell’. He reveals that most days he hears people screaming and whipping, lathi and knocking on the ground. Another point in the AP report is that prisoners are being brutally tortured for their prayers in prisons, says Darren Byler, an anthropologist who studies Uyghur at the University of Colorado, who says China is criminalizing ordinary people. ‘Most of them have not committed any criminal offense and their lives end when they are transferred from small prisons to large camps. Tens of thousands of Uyghurs have gone missing during this period, according to a picture taken by Reuters in 2018, with the word “Vocational Skills Training Center” written on the camp’s board. However, human rights reports submitted to the United Nations say that China is turning the training center into a full – fledged prison. ****