'Their goal is to destroy everyone': Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape

In new testimony, former detainees of China’s detention camps describe systematic rape and torture.

Women in China’s “re-education” camps for Uighurs have been systematically raped, sexually abused, and tortured, according to detailed new accounts obtained by the BBC.

You may find some of the details in this story distressing.

The men always wore masks, Tursunay Ziawudun said, even though there was no pandemic then.

They wore suits, she said, not police uniforms.

Sometime after midnight, they came to the cells to select the women they wanted and took them down the corridor to a “black room”, where there were no surveillance cameras.

Several nights, Ziawudun said, they took her.

“Perhaps this is the most unforgettable scar on me forever,” she said.

“I don’t even want these words to spill from my mouth.”

Tursunay Ziawudun spent nine months inside China’s vast and secretive system of internment camps in the Xinjiang region. According to independent estimates, more than a million men and women have been detained in the sprawling network of camps, which China says exist for the “re-education” of the Uighurs and other minorities.

Human rights groups say the Chinese government has gradually stripped away the religious and other freedoms of the Uighurs, culminating in an oppressive system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilisation.

The policy flows from China’s President, Xi Jinping, who visited Xinjiang in 2014 in the wake of a terror attack by Uighur separatists. Shortly after, according to documents leaked to the New York Times, he directed local officials to respond with “absolutely no mercy”. The US government said last month that China’s actions since amounted to a genocide. China says reports of mass detention and forced sterilisation are “lies and absurd allegations”.

First-hand accounts from inside the internment camps are rare, but several former detainees and a guard have told the BBC they experienced or saw evidence of an organised system of mass rape, sexual abuse and torture.

Tursunay Ziawudun, who fled Xinjiang after her release and is now in the US, [ … ]

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2 months ago

What has not been mentioned is how the Uighur torment is exclusively the consequence of U.S. policy. 

In 2014, thousands of Uighurs came to rebel-occupied Syria to be trained by fanatical head-chopping cannibals. These all returned to China in 2017 to sow mayhem and discord. China’s response to U.S. backed terrorist fighters being imported into their country was as swift and ruthless as one might expect from them. Recall that the Tungan rebellion in 1854 was crushed by wholesale massacre, leaving the moslem parts of Szechuan, Yunnan, and Shansi a desert. What did the CIA think would happen in Sinkiang?

2 months ago

Uighurs aren’t black so Dems don’t see them as oppressed.

road warrior
2 months ago

No Dems want to touch this because they are obsessed with playing nice with the CCP so we can continue to get cheap goods produced with slave labor.

2 months ago

The U.S. government doesn’t care because it doesn’t fit Dem’s progressive agenda of wiping out non-existent white supremacy and racism.

Polly Prepper
2 months ago

Why is nobody doing anything about these poor people subject to genocide and Nazi-style concentration camps?



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