Zenz, a German researcher who has emerged
as one of the leading experts on China’s vast system of camps targeting the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, drew on open-source, government documents, both state and private media articles, propaganda and evidence from former detainees.
In one township where ethnic Uyghurs constitute a majority of the local population, government data show that “well over 400 minors have both parents in some form of internment, with many others having one parent interned,” Zenz wrote in his report, “Break Their Roots: Evidence for China’s Parent-Child Separation Campaign in Xinjiang,” he added. The report was published in The Journal of Political Risk.
“Children whose parents are in prison, detention, re-education or ‘training’ are classified into a special needs category that is eligible for state subsidies and for receiving ‘centralized care.’ This ‘care’ can take place in public boarding schools or in special children’s shelters.”
But the parents have, in some cases, been detained without charge or trial, according to a 2018 report
from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. And Zenz says that the children’s other relatives are not given the chance to provide custody for the children.
Chinese authorities did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on the report.
Up to 2 million people
are estimated to have been detained in Xinjiang since early 2017. Activists and former detainees have described mass camps in…
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