How the Uyghur people in China are being surveilled

Published on Jul 27, 2019
Chinese officials have been accused of surveilling and purposely separating Uyghur-Muslim families in the western region of Xinjiang. Uyghur citizens are subject to predictive policing, facial recognition software, data mining and home visits by Chinese officials in what Adrian Zenz, an independent researcher, characterizes as “a war against any competing ideology.” We spoke with Zenz, who did the research for a BBC report detailing the rushed construction of boarding schools for children who are separated from their parents, and Uyghur-American activist Rushan Abbas, founder and director of the Campaign for Uyghurs. “This is an unprecedented interment campaign in Xinjiang, worse than ever in the history of China, and this is the largest incarceration of a particular ethnic minority since the Holocaust,” says Zenz.

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