Hacked Chinese Police Files Show Ethnic Abuses

Hacked photographs and classified documents from Chinese police in the Xinjiang region showed abuses, including re-education of the Uyghurs and shoot-to-kill orders for escapees.

Victims of Communism (VOC) Memorial Foundation, a human rights organization, published several speeches of top-ranking Chinese officials from a third party that gave directives on force implementation in detention camps. 

Among those leaked documents was a response plan which indicated that police officers were allowed to shoot detainees dead if they attempted to escape from or disturb classes.

The Xinjiang police also established a Strike Group composed of heavily armed police officers to guard the detention camps and implement surveillance and monitoring of the detainees.

In 2018, Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo said in a speech that the security measures implemented in Xinjiang detention camps came from the Chinese central government.

According to VOC, China has detained more than one million Uyghurs, a Turkic ethnic group, in vocational centers, since 2017. 

The human rights group said that the published files “provide a groundbreaking inside view of the nature and scale of Beijing’s secretive campaign of interning between 1-2 million Uyghurs and other ethnic citizens in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region.”

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