Behind the Walls:

Three Uyghurs Detail their Experience in China's Secret 'Re-education' Camps

Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in political “re-education camps” throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Credible sources suggest that some 1.1 million people are or have been detained in the camps, which equates to 10-11 percent of the adult Muslim population of the region. Uyghurs have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule. RFA’s Uyghur Service recently met with several Uyghurs living in exile in Turkey, who shared details of the abuse they endured while forced to attend political indoctrination sessions, or while detained in extrajudicial prisons and in the re-education camp network.

Interview 1

‘These Are Places That The Chinese Government Uses to Oppress us’

A Uyghur held for ‘extremism’ details his detention in a prison and a political ‘re-education camp.’
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Interview 2

‘For The First Time in my Life, I Wished I Was Dead’

A Uyghur woman who studied in Turkey relates the abuse she endured on her return to the XUAR.
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Interview 3

‘They Treated us There as They Might Treat Animals’

A Uyghur former inmate of a political ‘re-education camp’ recounts life inside the secret facility.
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