Project Overview

Currently, over one million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic Muslim peoples are detained in what Chinese authorities have termed ‘re-education camps’ in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Northwest China (PRC).

These developments have raised profound concerns worldwide. Reliable and systematic documentation of the ongoing situation is important considering the size and scope of these activities, the silence and fear experienced by these people, as well as Chinese state-directed erasure of the existing evidence.

The Xinjiang Documentation Project, prepared by the Institute of Asian Research at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, offers a variety of reports from different perspectives on the ongoing troubling events in Xinjiang.

The project aims to provide a reading guide about the recent developments, experts’ explanations, as well as an understanding of what ethnic Uyghurs and Kazakhs are going through on a daily basis. It further aims to integrate research methods from social science, humanities, and other disciplines for the documentation and analysis of the on-the-ground situation.

Resources will be updated regularly.

Site Directory

The project features six sections.

A brief overview of the events that have shaped the politics of the region in addition to the events that preceded the construction of the re-education centres and mass imprisonment of ethnic minorities.

The preservation of key government documents, important academic papers and critical publications, informal leaks of official documents, and human rights reports relating to the treatment of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. This curated repository of documents will allow the reader to build an understanding of the narratives surrounding the re-education camps in Xinjiang. Each section is a growing archive that contains a short overview of each document along with the original sources.

This section includes a brief overview of key terms and definitions that figure prominently in the research of pro-CCP academics and Chinese government policy documents.

This section contains Chinese translations of a curated list of English publications relating to the events in Xinjiang.

这个部分含有关于新疆事件的英文文章的中文翻译。

The collection of media links below retells lived experiences of the Uyghur, Kazakh, and other Turkic Muslim minorities both before and during Chinese state repression. They are featured in a variety of mediums including articles, photo collections, podcasts, and videos.

This section offers a chronological documentation of reports on the ongoing troubling events in China’s Xinjiang since as early as 2015. The project aims to provide a reading guide about the recent developments, experts’ explanations, as well as an understanding of what ethnic Uyghurs and Kazakhs are going through on a daily basis.

Project Team

Project Directors

Graduate Research Assistants

Dr. Timothy Cheek Ali Bajwa
Dr. Guldana Salimjan Michael Law
Sean Wu

How to Cite an Entry

Example:
Xinjiang Documentation Project. (n.d.). Intellectual and Celebrity Arrests [Timeline]. Retrieved January 10, 2020, from https://xinjiang.sppga.ubc.ca/timelines/arrests.

Contact

For more information please contact xinjiang.documentation@ubc.ca or find us on Twitter @ProjectXinjiang.