Mapping Xinjiang’s ‘Re-Education’ Camps

This report published by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ASPI) highlights “China’s growing network of extrajudicial ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang province.” The report matches “various pieces of documentary evidence with satellite imagery of the precise locations of various camps,” consolidates, “confirms and adds to evidence already compiled by other researchers.”

The report brings together existing open-source research and compiles them into a single database:

  • “This report covers 28 locations, a small sample of the total network of re-education camps in Xinjiang. Estimates of the total number vary, but recent media reports have identified roughly 180 facilities and some estimates range as high as 1,200 across the region.”
  • “As of late September 2018—across the 28 camps analysed—this report has measured a total of 2,700,000 square metres of floor space, which is the equivalent of 43 Melbourne Cricket Ground stadiums.”
  • The report draws “on media reporting in local, national and international outlets. This media collection—including photographs, videos and geographical data—was used to further confirm key details such as the location, use or purpose, and physical features of each facility.”

This report shows “the speed with which this build-out of internment camps is taking place.”

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