Religious minorities detained in Chinese concentration camps in Xinjiang are allegedly being violently gang raped, according to a woman forced to teach inside the camps.
Qelbinur Sidik made the allegations in an interview published by CNN, which relies solely on the accounts of alleged witnesses.
Sidik said that a policewoman told her that she had been assigned to investigate reports of rapes and torture taking place at the facility and how the male guards would brag about how they "raped and tortured girls."
Sidik's first encounter with new detainees was approximately 100 men and women who were chained in shackles around their hands and feet. She witnessed "horrific traged[ies]" and regularly heard women "crying loudly."
Tursunay Ziyawudun said that she had committed no crime when she was sent to the camps and was released a month later; however, authorities arrested her again shortly after that. She then endured a nine-month "nightmare."
Ziyawudun recalled that she was beaten so badly that she passed out. On another occasion, guards forced her onto a table where they "inserted a stun baton" inside her and "twisted and shocked" her until she "blacked out" from the pain. She then said that a couple of weeks after that horrible incident, she was gangraped by several men, which was an experience that happened to her multiple times.
"They were extremely sadistic, causing pain and damage to the body by beating and smacking my head on the wall," said Ziyawudun. "It was their way of punishing us."
Spokesperson for the Communist Party publicity department, Xu Guixiang, said that religious minorities were not being rounded up, but rather claimed that China was only cracking down on "heinous and obstinate leaders and backbones of extremist groups."
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not address the allegations by the several women who spoke to CNN, but it was suggested that those accounts were inaccurate.