Pdf: The faces from China’s Uyghur detention camps

We’ve touched on this already but there’s no harm in getting the pdf up online in as many places as possible.

Reports, documents (in Chinese & English) and photos can also be found here:


The youngest photographed person is a Uyghur girl named Rahile Omer???·???who was first detained when she was only 14 years old (on September 28, 2017). Her “crime”? being the youngest daughter of a government official who was detained as part of Xinjiang’s “strike hard” campaign.

The Xinjiang Police Files
Re-Education Camp Security and Political Paranoia in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Adrian Zenz
From 2017, the Chinese state detained Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in so-called Vocational Skills Education and Training Centres (VSECs). Previously, witnesses and leaked state documents outlined the securitised nature of these re-education facilities. Now, the “Xinjiang Police Files,” a major cache of classified files obtained by a third party from internal XUAR police networks, provides an unprecedented inside view. Detailed re-education camp security instructions describe special police units carrying military assault weapons and show guards handcuffing detainees. The files include thousands of images of detained Uyghurs and show that in 2017/18, over 12 percent of Uyghur adults were detained. Candid internal speeches show leading officials’ impassioned demands to treat persons from ethnic groups like dangerous criminals, and to readily open fire to stop escapees and to safeguard the camps. This article authenticates and contextualises the Xinjiang Police Files within the growing field of published internal XUAR government documents. Scholars have argued that political paranoia is a common feature of atrocity crimes. Here, it is suggested that the pre-emptive internment of large numbers of ordinary citizens can be explained as a devolution into political paranoia that promotes exaggerated threat perceptions.


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