China's Vanishing Muslims

2019, Crime  -   6 Comments
Ratings: 6.40/10 from 25 users.

From VICE News comes China's Vanishing Muslims, a hard-hitting probe into a hidden system of injustice and suffering sanctioned by the Chinese government.

The subjects of this abuse are the Uyghurs, a minority population of Chinese Muslims who have lived in the region of Xinjiang, China for centuries. They are enduring a systematic removal from society. Massive detainment facilities have been constructed to house over one million of the Uyghur people. Once incarcerated, they're placed under a regimen of strict indoctrination and conditioned to adhere to more "traditional" Han Chinese customs and beliefs.

The Chinese call these facilities vocational centers, but the United Nations has rightfully characterized them as concentration camps. Yet the Chinese have kept their system heavily guarded from prying eyes. Journalists are forbidden from leaking information.

This poses a unique challenge to the filmmakers. Even though they are posing as tourists instead of journalists, they can sense an ominous tension from the moment of their arrival in this ethnically charged region. The city is strewn with armed police, a constant parade of security checkpoints and surveillance cameras, and expressions of suspicion toward outsiders. Even in the most populated tourism spots, few people are willing to acknowledge the filmmakers, much less provide them with responses to their sensitive lines of questioning. Some claim ignorance to the mass persecution of the Uyghur people while others will only speak in hushed tones out of the view of their cameras.

They find better luck outside of China when they meet with a group of former detainees who managed to escape the confines of the camps. They testify to the brutality of their captors. They are detained under the cover of darkness in the dead of night. If a female detainee is pregnant, they are forced to undergo an abortion. Others are forced to undergo torture and falsely confess to acts of terrorism. "They don't care if people die," one former detainee explains. "Their main purpose is creating communist robots."

China's Vanishing Muslims is an exceptional work of journalism that shines a spotlight on atrocities that have been kept obscured from public view for far too long.

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6 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Yuri

    This documentation is full of prejudice. You don't need to care about the policeman in the street if you are not the bad guy or terrorist they are searching for. Those cameras will be helpful if normal social security problems happened, if your wallet was stolen, you will be lucky if it happens to happened in a cctv area. And of course someone told you some "answer",but they are not the one or their family who killed by terrorist, please do a official and equitable survey in advance if you want to prove something. Please be responsible for this world.

  2. Ron Munro

    Love it. WELL DONE CHINA... We got a few here in Australia that are unwanted by many. Especially when our government allows jihad mongrels back into the country from syria. This is inviting terrorism here for my grandchildren. Also well done that man in NZ .. 51 was a good total - to start with.

    1. Lynn Fux

      Wow, what a sad comment Mr. Munro , I am the Mom of a Jewish Israeli daughter who married a wonderful Palestinian man and converted to religious Islam. He/ they are the kindest most charitable people I know who thru being both a Doctor and Principal respectively contribute so much good in the world. If an Israel Jewish Mom can be happy with her child's choices any one can. Just takes an open intelligent mind, compassion and dialogue to understand "the jihad mongrels" You have no idea how much your words hurt and do nothing to improve the situation.

    2. Stuart

      I think you're being slightly bigoted and ignorant. I'm not sure - perhaps through my own ignorance - how Australia or New Zealand generally view Islam, but I think you're being unfair. I'm from Britain, and we have our fair share of differing religions, including Muslims, Sikhs, Jews, and so on. Sorry, don't get me wrong, I love you Ausies, but I just don't agree with your opinion.

    3. Stuart

      ... And I'm being diplomatic. I've read again your comment and others, including Lynn's and Greg's, and your own opinion, but I truly don't understand how you feel this way. We're all human after all, and we should all integrate, and look out for one another, whatever our background.

  3. Greg speller

    This is good but I don't other countries should be nosing around in others affairs America itself tries to whitewash people with religion and politics also look how they to destroy us Native indigenous people of this land wow you people has some nerve