The Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz

Critical concerns are emerging from the detention camps in Western China. These camps have been found to have conducted degrading actions (including torture) against the Muslim minoritities within China. This has been reported as the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority group since World War II. There is also recent evidence that there have been attempts to cover up the extent of the actions of camp officials through burning of documentation and “tours” of the centers. Individuals within China have been detaining the Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz within the nation and placing them in camps designed to “rid them of terrorist or extremist leanings” since 2017. Thus, the image of the camps is presented as an education and training center.

“More than 1 million Uighurs and other minorities from Xinjiang are believed to be held in internment camps”, where they must renounce their previous beliefs and conform to the expectations set by Chinese officials (NBCUniversal). Most of the information over the treatment of these individuals comes from camp survivors as there have been several attempts to diguise the true nature of these camps. The list of mistreatment and torture is long and terrible. More actions must take place to prevent this from continuing to happen to the Uighur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz within China.


NBCUniversal News Group. (2021, June 10). New details of torture, cover-ups in China’s internment camps revealed in Amnesty International Report. Retrieved from

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