China’s mass detention of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang came from directives by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader to “show absolutely no mercy” in the “struggle against terrorism, infiltration, and separatism.”
More than 400 pages of documents leaked by China’s internal government and obtained by The New York Times show the CCP was aware its campaign of mass internment would tear families apart.
Beijing has reportedly sent more than 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities to camps where they are often subjected to political indoctrination. China has objected to the criticisms and organized tours of the camps, which it describes as voluntary “vocational training centers” intended to provide “students” with job skills.
Mass detention, not “training centers”
However, according to the leaked documents, CCP leader Xi Jinping first called for the crackdown in a series of private speeches given to officials during and after a visit to Xinjiang in 2014.
“We must be as harsh as them,” Xi said, adding, “And show absolutely no mercy.” In the speeches, Xi called for the CCP to use the “organs of dictatorship” to deal with extremism.
Documents showed a script for local officials in Turpan in southern Xinjiang to use when the students returned home for school holidays while their parents were being “punished” and sent to a camp.
Officials were guided to meet students as soon as they returned home and explain that their loved ones had been exposed to religious extremism and were receiving “concentrated education” to eradicate the “violent terrorist thoughts.”
Officials were also instructed to justify prolonged detention and isolation. “Freedom is only possible when this ‘virus’ in their thinking is eradicated and they are in good health,” the script said.
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The documents also highlight the extent of resistance from local officials. In 2017, more than 12,000 investigations into party members for violations related to the “fight against separatism.”
According to internal documents, one Han Chinese official was jailed for trying to slow down the detentions and protect Uighur officials.
Another, named Wang Yongzhi in charge of Yarkand County, was made an example of after he defied orders and quietly released more than 7,000 detainees. “He refused,” an internal document said, “to round up everyone who should be rounded up.”
Xinjiang is a Uighur ethnic-group region. The Uighurs are strongly persecuted for their beliefs by the Chinese atheistic-communist regime.
The Workers’ Rights Consortium (WRC), a Washington-based NGO that monitors working conditions around the world, unveiled in a report, “The Chinese government is carrying out massive and brutal repression of the Uighur population, including the detention of more than one million people in internment camps.”
“In these detention centers, which the U.S. government has called “concentration camps,” Uighurs are denied the right to worship or speak their native language and are subjected to physical and psychological abuse, political indoctrination, and forced labor,” the report states.
According to an Associated Press report at the end of 2018, in these forced labor camps, some of these people were directly detained and were not paid any wages.
“The camp paid no money, not a penny,” a former Xinjiang TV reporter in exile said. “Even for necessities, such as things to shower with or sleep at night, they would call their families outside to get them to pay for it.”
An unprecedented horror to Falun Gong
According to a July 31 report by Radio Free Asia, other religious and ethnic groups are part of these forced labor camps in Xinjiang, such as Han people and Falun Gong practitioners.
Falun Dafa or Falun Gong is a traditional Chinese spiritual and meditation practice that includes a set of moral teachings based on truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.
Forced labor camps in Xinjiang expose a dark reality that is also coming to light: the forced removal of organs to be traded for transplants.
On Sept. 26, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned of the “brutal and terrifying” forced removal of organs in China from Falun Dafa practitioners, which is brutally persecuted by the Chinese communist regime.
“The Chinese Communist Party not only tortures and murders Falun Gong practitioners. It also removes their organs on a massive scale,” Cruz said in his speech at a conference organized by the Foundation Monument to the Victims of Communism in Washington.
“The next time someone is celebrating our friends in the Chinese government, it may be worth asking, ‘Are you often in the practice of palling around with organ harvesters?’” Cruz said, further condemning the Chinese regime’s grave abuses against Christians who have house churches, Uighurs, and Tibetan Buddhists.
For almost two decades, the Communist regime has been incarcerating mostly followers of Falun Gong, but also other minority religious groups, for removal of their organs. The victims are often alive before vital organs are forcibly removed, many times without any anesthetic.