Understanding and responding to China's brutal Xinjiang campaign

BY MICHAEL SOBOLIK
 OPINION CONTRIBUTOR
01/09/20 05:30 PM EST

The world is witnessing a modern-day nightmare in Xinjiang, China. Estimates vary, but by some counts over 2 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims are detained in “vocational skill education training centers,” the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) Orwellian moniker for reeducation camps. The Party justifies these facilities on deradicalization grounds and asserts that Islamic extremists must be rehabilitated ideologically.

In actuality, Muslims are the victims of terror in these camps. They live in conditions that are difficult to fathom. Public rapes and medical experiments are common, and ideological indoctrination infuses life from sunrise to sunset. The scope of the brutality is breathtaking, and is reminiscent of some of the worst moments of the 20th century.

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