August 28, 2020
China has secretly constructed new prisons and internment camps over the past several years as the Communist Party-ruled country ramps up its mass detention campaign against Muslim minorities, according to a report on Thursday.
Since 2017, China has built 260 of the high-security camps that have the capacity to hold tens of thousands of people and points to a shift from using public buildings and schools as makeshift detention centers to the use of a permanent prison infrastructure system, BuzzFeed news reported, citing satellite images and interviews with former detainees.
China, which has detained hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities in the largest-scale detention of ethic and religious minorities since World War II, has outfitted the facilities with concrete walls and guard towers, the report said.
Some contain factories, a sign of forced labor.
Construction is continuing.
Former detainees described being held in horrendous, brutal conditions with many blindfolded and handcuffed, being fed a starvation diet of rice, steamed buns and porridge but little or no meat.
This article was posted: Friday, August 28, 2020 at 3:18 am