China Running 380 Detention Centers in Xinjiang: Researchers


China’s network of detention centers in the northwest Xinjiang region is much bigger than previously thought and is being expanded, even as Beijing says it is winding down a “re-education” programme for ethnic Uighurs that has been condemned internationally, new research released by an Australian think-tank showed on Thursday.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has identified more than 380 “suspected detention facilities” in the region in their “Xinjiang Data Project” since 2017. This is about 40 percent higher than previous estimates. The researchers used satellite imagery, witness accounts, media reports, and official construction tender documents to classify the detention facilities into four tiers, depending on the existence of security features such as high perimeter walls, watchtowers, and internal fencing.

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