The Chinese regime has appointed a new governor for Xinjiang, where the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is accused of mass detention and other abuses against members of Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups.
A former deputy governor, Erkin Tuniaz, gained some notoriety for outspoken defense of the policies of the communist regime in the North-Western region, particularly the use of facilities critics called detention centers.
Tuniaz, 59, is of Uyghur ethnicity and is a senior member of the CCP. He studied law at the CCP’s Central Party School between 2009 and 2011, after obtaining a master’s degree in economics from Xinjiang University in 1999. He worked in various positions in Xinjiang and was appointed late on Thursday.
The most powerful official in the region is Communist Party secretary Chen Quanguo, who is accused of overseeing mass detentions and widespread surveillance of minorities.
Tuniaz, in his February video address to the United Nations, said: “All trainees at these facilities had graduated by October 2019” and the centers “educated and rehabilitated” people so that they could be “victims of terrorism and extremism”. to be prevented,” said Tuniaz.
Observers say the camp system has been expanded with more permanent facilities, while former detainees say they were subjected to brutal conditions and political education intended to isolate them from their traditional culture and religion.
As part of the assimilation drive, the state has forced Uighurs to undergo sterilizations and abortions, an Associated Press investigation found.
Many of those in the camps have been sentenced in secret, extra-judicial trials and transferred to high-security prisons for things like contact with people abroad, having too many children, and studying Islam. Those deemed at risk, such as women or the elderly, have been placed under house arrest or shifted to factories as forced labour.
Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.
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