China claims, with no evidence, that all detained Uighurs have been freed

by Daniel Payne · Dec 9th, 2019 2:00 pm

Last Updated Dec 9th, 2019 at 8:12 pm

China on Monday said that all of the imprisoned Uighurs in the country had been freed from their detainment, though the government offered no evidence to support its claim.

Upwards of a million and a half Uighurs have been imprisoned in Chinese re-education camps since 2016, representing around 10 percent of their numbers in China. The Chinese government has repeatedly insisted that the camps actually consist of "vocational training" to voluntary attendees.

Uighurs that have migrated from China claim that even those who are not imprisoned in the camps are subject to near-total surveillance, including up to having Chinese government officials move into their homes.

One official with Amnesty International said that it is "almost impossible to independently verify the Chinese government's claims" due to the government's constraints on information flow.


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