Intellectuals in China’s Re-education Camps


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*This story earned a Intermedia-Globe Gold Award in Human Rights Documentaries at 2020 Hamburg World Media Festivals, Merit in English Documentary Video at 2020 Human Rights Press Awards and was nominated for Best News Programme at 2019 Venice TV Award.*

“Every nation has its own origins, so to speak, and the purpose of the policy established by the Chinese Communist Party is to destroy it.” – Kakharman Khozhamberdi, Senior Adviser of World Uyghur Congress

“In April 2018, the police in Xinjiang arrested my father for political indoctrination. They said, “Since you applied for foreign citizenship, it means there’s something wrong in your family’s ideology.” – Guly, daughter of a ethnic Kazakh retired senior teacher who was locked up inside a re-education camp in China

“It doesn’t matter whether you are educated or not. Generally speaking, the people that work in the camp don’t really have a clue about why people are detained. Those detained aren’t arrested based on whether they’re good or bad.” – Mardan Abulizi, son of a Uyghur retired gynaecologist who was locked up inside a re-education camp in China

For the past two weeks, we’ve been looking at the stories of Uyghurs and ethnic Kazakhs detained in China’s re-education centres. In our final report in Almaty, Kazakhstan, we found out that intellectuals and professionals were also being sent to these centres, despite hardly being in need of “vocational training”.

We speak to Xinjiang-born Guly who is currently living with her younger son. Her father, a retired senior teacher, was locked up inside a re-education camp in China.

We also speak to Mardan Abulizi, whose Uyghur mother, is a retired gynaecologist in Xinjiang. She was also placed in a camp.

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