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Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

13.11.2019

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

ARLINGTON, United States (AFP) - Uighur activists said on Tuesday (Nov 12) they have documented nearly 500 camps and prisons run by China to detain the ethnic group, alleging that China could be holding far more than the commonly cited figure of one million people.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

"In large part these have not been previously identified, so we could be talking about far greater numbers" of people detained, said Kyle Olbert, the director of operations for the movement.

Rights advocates have generally estimated that China is detaining more than one million Uighurs and members of other predominantly Muslim Turkic ethnicities.

He said that the group tried to verify the nature of each site with on-the-ground accounts but declined greater detail, citing the need to protect sources.

"It's like boiling a frog. If they were to kill 10,000 people a day, the world might take notice," he said.

Hundreds died in 2009 riots in Xinjiang's capital Urumqi that largely targeted Han Chinese.

The Uighur activist group said it periodically added data including on the destruction of cemeteries in Xinjiang, which was documented in an investigation last month by AFP using satellite imagery.

Read more: The Straits Times

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