China built or expanded 380 detention centres in Xinjiang since 2017: Report

24 Sept 2020

China built or expanded 380 detention centres in Xinjiang since 2017: Report

China has built or expanded 380 detention facilities in Xinjiang region since 2017, with construction on dozens continuing throughout 2019 and 2020, according to an Australian think tank's research. The number of facilities is around 40% higher than previous estimates and is growing despite China's claims that many Uighurs have graduated from the camps, Australian Strategic Policy Institute said.

In total ASPI identified 380 detention centres established across the region since 2017, ranging from lowest security re-education camps to fortified prisons. That is over 100 more than previous investigations have uncovered, and the researchers believe they have now identified most of the detention centres in the region. The evidence in this database shows that despite Chinese officials claims about detainees graduating from the detention facilities has continued throughout 2019 and 2020," said ASPI researcher Nathan Ruser.