China has built as many as 380 re-education camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang in the past three years to detain Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, an Australian think tank has reported.
The organization relies on satellite images for this. Of the 380 camps, 14 would still be under construction. However, China claims it is just winding down these kinds of camps.
The nearly 400 camps in the Xinjiang region are used to detain Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. Fourteen of these camps would still be under construction, the think tank Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) announced in a report.
Since 2017, the think tank has discovered 380 of these re-education camps in this region. That is 100 more than could be found in previous studies. The researchers, therefore, believe that they have now identified most of the camps in this region.
According to the report, many of these camps are located next to industrial estates, and the think tank suggests that forced labour is being carried out in several of these camps. What is also striking is that these newly built camps are often much more heavily secured.