Rape in Xinjiang Camps: The Tibetan Precedent

Construction of five four-story buildings is complete at the “transformation through education camp” in Shule county’s Chengnan district.

MASSIMO INTROVIGNE
02/11/2020

At the end of January, a confidential report by the German Foreign Ministry about Xinjiang’s transformation through education camps was leaked to some German media. It revealed that, while the CCP claims the camps are simply “vocational schools,” they are in fact horrific jails where, in addition to torture and extra-judicial killing, sexual abuse of female inmates is regularly reported.

A few days before, The New York Times published a feature article by a reporter who had been to Kazakhstan and has interviewed ethnic Kazakhs and Uyghurs who had escaped there from the camps in Xinjiang. What she learned there was far away from the whitewashed accounts of “vocational schools.” “One man, she wrote, was caged underground in a police station, beaten until he lost the hearing in one ear.” Others “were shackled and strung up as if crucified”. It is common to tie inmates to “tiger benches,” chain them, and deprive them of sleep. Muslim inmates are “compelled to renounce religion” and “forced to thank Xi [Jinping] every night for the opportunity to be so enlightened.” The female Times reporter also encountered reports of sexual abuse.

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