300,000 detained in Xinjiang concentration camps were transferred to other provinces


(Almaty, Kazakhstan—October 8, 2018) Xinjiang authorities have transferred Muslims detainees on a large scale since the end of September. According to locals, almost 300,000 people have been transferred to Gansu and northeastern China.

As more and more minorities have been detained, the concentration camps in Xinjiang have become full. In order to avoid an investigation and exposure by the international community, authorities transferred Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other minorities from south Xinjiang to north Xinjiang and Kazaks from north Xinjiang to Gansu via trains.

In addition, six prisons have been built or remodeled in Qinghe County, Altay in order to detain people.

Witnesses said that many coaches drove to Urumqi from various places in Xinjiang. One person commented, “There are black curtains and they are filled with people, men and women.” Thousands of people were sent to Yili train station and boarded trains.

Xinjiang natives verified that those detained in re-education camps were transferred to north Xinjiang and Gansu, 1,000 km away. He said, “It is said that over 300,000 [people] have been transferred to Gansu.”

He said that there were 6 prisons in Qinghe County, Altay in north Xinjiang and four of them were built recently. “Two of them used to belong to Military Department of Qinghe County. It is uncertain how many people are detained. Another one was built recently and may hold over 2,000 people. Also, a prison in Qinghe County used to be a military base, but has been changed to a prison.”

He said nearly 10,000 people were detained in re-education camps in Qinghe alone.

News of the massive transfer of Muslims came to light at the end of September. Xinjiang authorities have been transferring people detained in “deradicalization camps” and “vocation training centers” and minorities detained in unauthorized imam education camps to other places. The minorities involved in the transfer include Uyghurs from Kashi and Hetian and Kazakhs from Yili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

“The sudden relocation of the massive number of unjustly detained members of Uyghur and other minorities from Xinjiang should alarm the whole world,” said Dr. Bob Fu, founder and president of ChinaAid. “This ethnic cleansing campaign should be stopped immediately. The international community should demand the Chinese regime to allow an independent, impartial investigative delegation to enter into Xinjiang and neighbor provinces with free access to documents on what’s happening and to avoid potential organ harvesting of many missing Uyghur Muslims.”

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