More Than One in 10 Residents of Xinjiang Township Held in Political ‘Re-Education Camps’


More than one in 10 residents of Toqsun township in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have been detained in three political “re-education camps” in the area, according to an official source, who said he is unaware of anyone ever having been released.

Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in political “re-education camps” throughout the XUAR, where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

Toqsun township, in mostly Uyghur-populated Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Bay (Baicheng) county, consists of eight villages with a combined population of just over 193,000 people.

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