A data leak from a Chinese database reveals what humanitarian activists have long been claiming about the Chinese communist government — that it has been imprisoning countless Uighur minorities due to their religious practices.
The database, which was obtained by the Associated Press, contains records of more than 300 individuals imprisoned by Chinese authorities and included the reasons they were detained. Religion was prominent among them, including such mundane tasks as praying or attending a mosque.
The government has insisted that it has largely detained its Uighur population due to concerns of political extremism, something the data leak indicates is false. A spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry dismissed the claims as "nonsense...not worth commenting on."