Inside a Xinjiang Detention Camp

In part 3 of an ongoing Buzzfeed series, Alison Killing and Megha Rajagopalan examine the architectural aspects of Xinjiang’s camp system. Based on videos from a Han construction worker and satellite images, Killing recreated the blueprints of a detention center at Mongolküre. The reporter spoke to multiple individuals who were recently released from Mongolküre to verify specifics about the detention centers. These renderings provide new insights into the specifics of the camp systems and the development work that has taken place over the past 3 years.

How China Turned a City into a Prison

This interactive article provides an intimate look at on the ground surveillance mechanisms in Kashgar via police checkpoints. The piece explores the impact of intense monitoring on everyday life and the sense of fear it creates among citizens.

Cultural erasure

This Xinjiang Data Project report maps the destruction of over 900 cultural heritage sites, specifically mosques and indigenous sacred sites, throughout the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after 2017.

Exploring Xinjiang’s detention system

This Xinjiang Data Project report explores the breadth of detention centres, re-education camps, and prisons in Xinjiang. This interactive report identifies and maps over 380 of these centres that have either been newly constructed or expanded upon since 2017.

Re-Education Camps in Uighur Region

This infographic contains a map that shows all re-education camps throughout Xinjiang, as well as statistics for the number of people that are currently detained.

Trustworthiness Assessment Form

This graphic breaks down the ‘Trustworthiness Assessment Form’ used by PRC officials to determine if Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang should be investigated or detained. Each person is evaluated on a point system, where deductions occur if an individual studied religion frequently or have recently traveled to another country.

Timeline of Re-Education System

This timeline, similar to the web timeline featured on this site, provides key events on the development of re-education systems in Xinjiang.

Re-Education Surveillance System in Urban Locations

This graphic details how Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities living in Xinjiang are monitored daily in the public. Checkpoints are present in almost every block where IDs and phones will be probed. Various technologies installed in city blocks can scan for faces and license plates, while neighbourhood watch units are authorized to search homes.