Uighur activists say China is running nearly 500 detention camps and prisons in Xinjiang based on satellite images

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FILE PHOTO: Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education centre in Dabancheng in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 4, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File PhotoReuters

  • A Uighur human rights group says that China has more than 500 involuntary detention centers, prisons, and so-called "reeducation camps" in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, where millions of Muslims and ethnic minority Uighurs live.
  • Washington-based East Turkistan National Awakening Movement released the results of its year-long research project, which analyzed satellite imagery and plotted the locations of the centers on a map.
  • According to the group, citizens in Xinjiang "are facing mass internment unseen since the days of the Holocaust."
  • Estimates of the number of people housed in these camps vary among international researchers and officials, though a US official recently estimated that "at least a million but likely closer to 3 million citizens" out of Xinjiang's population of about 10 million have been held in these detention centers.
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A Uighur human rights group says that China has more than 500 involuntary detention centers, prisons, and so-called "reeducation camps" in its northern autonomous region of Xinjiang.

The Washington-based East Turkistan National Awakening Movement released the results on Tuesday of its year-long research into China's network of camps, prisons, and re-education it uses to control its ethnic Muslim population. The human rights group advocates for the independence of East Turkestan.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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