More than a million men and women get detained in the sprawling network of camps, in the name of “re-education” of the Uyghurs and other minorities in China’s Xinjiang region.
The government of China has stopped the minorities to enjoy religious and other freedoms. They have imposed system of mass surveillance, detention, indoctrination, and even forced sterilisation.
According to Tursunay Ziawudin, a detainee, revealed that women were taken out of their cells every night by some men wearing mask and used to rape them. Tursunay herself was gang raped three times.
Tursunay along with her husband came to Xinjiang in 2016, where their passports got confiscated. The police told her to attend a meeting, alongside other Uyghurs and Kazakhs and the group was rounded up and detained. Her husband was released but they kept her. After 2 years of torture she was released in 2018 along with some other women who had relatives in Kazakhstan.
Some of the women taken out of the cells never returned back, whereas those who fortunately got back to the prison were threatened to not to reveal what happened with them.
Moreover, a Kazakh woman, Gulzira Auelkhan told media that “My job was to remove their clothes above the waist and handcuff them so they cannot move,” “Then I would leave the women in the room and a man would enter – some Chinese man from outside or policeman. I sat silently next to the door, and when the man left the room I took the woman for a shower.”
China is believed to have detained more than a million people from most Muslim ethnic minorities in the province of Xinjiang, since 2017.