China working to 'exterminate' Uighur people, detention facility eyewitness says

By Flint Duxfield and Linda Mottram
2018-09-28

As reports of the forced detention and brainwashing of up to one million ethnic Uighurs continue to emerge from China's Xinjiang autonomous region, the ABC has heard a rare account from a witness who has been inside a camp.

Tarim, whose second name we have withheld, bribed his way into one of the "training" centres reserved for the Muslim minority, to see his sister, who was detained in 2016.

She is being held in the facility outside Aksu City, in western Xinjiang (also known as Turkistan), which Tarim described as a "concentration camp".

"It was April and there was snow in some parts, and I saw about 500 persons on the concrete, on the ground," he told PM in his native language, through a translator in Sydney.

"And also there were about 700 or so people … in the queue to get food, and at the same time they were singing patriotic songs: I love Communist Party, I love Xi Jinping."

Tarim, who fled to Turkey to avoid arrest after his visit, said his sister was crying, had lost weight, and was too afraid to speak freely.

"I asked her how she was, and she said, 'good', but I could feel that she was in fear from her face, and she was actually shaking and she was looking around," he said.

"She said they were attending classes, but from her situation, it was clear that she was in a state of fear."

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