Xinjiang, Nov 25: An investigation has dismissed China's claim that detention camps built across Turkic Muslim, also known as Uighurs, majority region Xinjiang are built for re-education purposes to counter extremism. The leaked papers has revealed the systematic way in which the Beijing government is brainwashing hundreds of thousands of Muslims in a network of high-security prison camps.
The Chinese government has consistently claimed the camps in the far western Xinjiang region offer voluntary education and training.
Official documents were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) which has worked with 17 media partners globally.
The leaked Chinese government documents, which the ICIJ have labelled 'The China Cables', include a nine-page memo sent out in 2017 by Zhu Hailun, then deputy-secretary of Xinjiang's Communist Party and the region's top security official, to those who run the camps.
The instructions make it clear that the camps should be run as high security prisons, with strict discipline, punishments and no escapes.
BBC reported that the memo includes orders to never allow escapes, increase discipline and punishment of behavioural violations, promote repentance and confession, make remedial Mandarin studies the top priority, encourage students to truly transform, (ensure) full video surveillance coverage of dormitories and classrooms free of blind spots.
Other documents confirm the extraordinary scale of the detentions. One reveals that 15,000 people from southern Xinjiang were sent to the camps over the course of just one week in 2017. The memo details how detainees will only be released when they can demonstrate they have transformed their behaviour, beliefs and language.
China's UK ambassador dismissed the documents as fake news. (UNI)