China is using forced confession playbook for Uyghur propaganda videos

Feb 11, 2021

China is using the techniques of its now famous televised forced confessions to refute widespread global claims that it is persecuting Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

A new report out by US-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), The Government Never Oppresses Us, reveals how since February 2019, China’s Party-state media have broadcast at least 22 hostage-style “proof-of-life” (POL) videos of Uyghurs largely to dispute claims they are being kept in re-education camps or even that they are dead. They are a direct response to the political and media attention on the mass internment of Uyghurs and Kazakhs in re-education camps in Xinjiang since 2017 and to social media campaigns by Uyghurs overseas desperate to receive newss about their disappeared family members. Many were aired within just a few weeks of a public plea for information being made.

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