March 2017
Re-education camps built in Xinjiang.
October 2017
Early reports of Uyghurs being sent to re-education centres surface.
November 2017
Reports reveal thousands have been sent to unmarked detention centres over the past year.
Emily Feng at the Financial Times reported that: “Thousands have been sent to unmarked detention centres over the past year,usually for two to three months at a time.
December 2017
An unprecedented DNA collection programme launched in Xinjiang
The DNA collection programme is compiling the fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region between the age of 12 and 65
December 2017
Reports reveal that some ethnic minorities in China are being graded on a 100-point scale.
Those of Uighur ethnicity are automatically docked 10 points. Being aged between 15 and 55, praying daily, and having a religious education, all result in 10-point deductions.
January 2018
Reports suggest 120,000 Uyghurs are currently held in re-education camps in one district alone.
Reports from Radio Free Asia confirm that around 120,000 ethnic Uyghurs are currently being held in political re-education camps in Kashgar prefecture of northwest China’s Xinjiang region alone.
February 2018
Uyghurs living abroad begin to be intimidated by Chinese officials.
Foreign Policy publishes the account of one Uyghur university student who returned to China from the U.S., was held in a re-education camp for 17 days without charge, and then released. A local police officer warned him, “Whatever you say or do in North America, your family is still here and so are we.”
May 2018
Hundreds of thousands of Communist Party members have been dispatched for “home stays” in mostly Muslim households in Xinjiang
This is part of a larger project of political indoctrination and human surveillance.
May 2018
Reports reveal over 1 million people can be held in the re-education camps in Xinjiang
Adrian Zenz, a researcher at the European School of Culture and Theology estimates that “between several hundred thousand and just over one million” people can be held in the facilities that have been built in Xinjiang since March 2017.
May 2018
First hand accounts of detention, torture and political indoctrination are released.
There have been reports of death, of Muslim detainees being forced to memorize Chinese Communist Party propaganda, renounce Islam, and consume pork and alcohol.
July 2018
China is blackmailing Uyghurs abroad to spy for them by threatening to send their relatives to re-education camps.
Megha Rajagopalan at BuzzFeed again publishes on Xinjiang, this time focusing on how China is blackmailing Uyghurs abroad to spy for China with the threat of sending their relatives back home to re-education camps.
July 2018
Reports reveal a striking number of orphanages are being built for children of families that had been taken away to re-education camps
Emily Feng at the Financial Times reports that “In early 2017, Xinjiang began building dozens” of orphanages for the children of families that had been taken away to re-education. “One county in Kashgar built 18 new orphanages in 2017 alone, according to local media,” the FT notes.
August 2018
Reports reveal over 2million Uyghurs have been subject to “re-education” programmes
Chinese Human Rights Defenders reports: “In the villages of Southern Xinjiang, about 660,000 rural residents of ethnic Uyghur background may have been taken away from their homes and detained in re-education camps, while another up to 1.3 million may have been forced to attend mandatory day or evening re-education sessions in locations in their villages or town centers, amounting to a total of about 2 million South Xinjiang villagers in these two types of ‘re-education’ programs. The total number for Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or Xinjiang) as a whole, including other ethnic minorities and city residents, is certainly higher.”
August 2018
The final international journalists are forced to leave China as their visas expire
September 2018
USA considered sanctions against senior Chinese officials and companies linked to allegations of human rights abuses
February 2019
Reports reveal China has been using iPhone hacks and Google to target Uyghur Muslims over the last 2 years
September 2019
US Senate passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act that could level sanctions on top Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses against the Uyghur
October 2019
Charity Right, UK, launches charity appeal providing food to Uyghur refugee families in Turkey
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