Who are the Uyghurs, and what’s happening to them in China?

China’s crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority in Xinjiang, explained

People stand in a guard tower at a detention center in Dabancheng, in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in 2021. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

China began its sweeping crackdown in the northwest Xinjiang region under the banner of counterterrorism in 2017. It was a harsh campaign to forcibly assimilate the local Uyghur population, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority group native to Xinjiang.

Scholars estimate that Chinese authorities ultimately detained more than 1 million Uyghurs as part of the crackdown, holding them in centers and reeducation camps for periods ranging from weeks to years. The abuses have drawn international condemnation over the years, including accusations of genocide and a sweeping U.S. ban on imports from the region.

China says that the moves by Western nations — including a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing — to highlight its human rights abuses are “distractions” and “political manipulation.”

Now, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, is on a six-day trip to China to look into violations in Xinjiang. Her visit marks the first for a U.N. human rights chief since 2005. Critics say it could turn into a propaganda show for Beijing.

Bachelet’s trip has also coincided with the release of a cache of classified documents obtained by the BBC and a consortium of media outlets providing new evidence of the Chinese government’s systematic crackdown on its Uyghur minority. Among the documents are photographs, speeches, spreadsheets and surveillance logs apparently hacked from Xinjiang police servers and that offer harrowing details of the mass incarceration of Uyghur residents, including children.

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