Tag: Camps

‘One minute felt like one year’: A day in the life of inmates in the Xinjiang internment camps

The alarm rings at 5am every morning in Yerzhan’s overcrowded concrete cell. He dresses in a thin blue uniform before armed guards escort him to a bathroom, where he has minutes to wash under supervision.

Kairat Samarkan, 30, an ethnic Kazakh, who was detained for almost four months in an internment camp in Xinjiang Province, China, demonstrates a stress position used to discipline him while at the camp CREDIT: SAM TARLING/SAM TARLINGAt 7am there is breakfast: tea and a single steamed bun for each of the cell’s 18 inmates. For the rest of the day, Yerzhan is forced to sit straight on a stool, learn Mandarin, sing patriotic songs and memorise ruling Communist Party ideology.  In order to receive a small portion of rice at noon and 6pm he, like all the others, must praise the Chinese president and shout “Long live Xi Jinping!”.  Those who refuse are electrocuted with a cattle prod that causes their limbs to spasm uncontrollably. …READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE TELEGRAPH

‘Shame for humanity’: Turkey urges China to close Uighur camps

Last month, China passed a law to 'Sinicize' Islam and make it 'compatible with socialism' [Wang HE/Getty Images]…Kenneth Roth, the executive director of the US-based Human Rights Watch group, praised Turkey’s move on Twitter.

“This is a big deal: [Turkey is] The first Muslim-majority country to criticise China so directly for its horrendous treatment of Uighur Muslims, and one of the most powerful Muslim-majority countries at that,” he tweeted on Sunday….more: more: ALJAZEERAH

US mercenaries linked to UAE agrees deal with China to run anti-Muslim detention camps

Prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention campA controversial US mercenary group with ties to the UAE has signed a deal with China to build a training centre in Xinjiang where up to a million Uighur Muslims are reportedly held in detention camps.

Hong Kong-listed security firm Frontier Services Group (FSG), which is founded by Erik Prince, has signed a preliminary deal with the Chinese authorities. A statement posted on its Chinese website confirmed the deal but was later deleted in what appears to be an attempt to avoid a backlash against Prince’s activities.more: middleeastmonitor.com