The painstaking records – made up of 137 pages of columns and rows – include how often people pray, how they dress, whom they contact and how their family members behave.
China Uighurs: Detained for beards, veils and internet browsing
- Passport Applications
- Guilt by Association
- Family Members’ Travel
- Friends Visited
- Home Religious Atmospheres
- How Often They Prayed
- Islamic Political Leanings
- Violating China’s Strict Family Planning Laws
- Organizing Religious Study Groups
“It reveals the witch-hunt-like mindset that has been and continues to dominate social life in the region,” he said.
In early 2017, when the internment campaign began in earnest, groups of loyal Communist Party workers, known as “village-based work teams”, began to rake through Uighur society with a massive dragnet.
For every main individual, the 11th column of the spreadsheet is used to record their family relationships and their social circle.
China has long defended its actions in Xinjiang as part of an urgent response to the threat of extremism and terrorism.
[It’s imperative U.S. citizens be aware of this country’s language used by political leaders, pundits, and media. Be diligent. Pay attention. Think of the human rights violations already being afflicted and the reasons given. Use this report from the BBC as a transparency for not only China, but other countries as well. Political theorist Hannah Arendt writing about totalitarian leaders of the 20th century: they instilled in their followers a mixture of gullibility and cynicism…the onslaught of propaganda conditioned people to believe everything and nothing, think that everything was possible and that nothing was true. -dayle]