China Could Be Detaining Hundreds of Uyghur Elites, Report Suggests

China Could Be Detaining Hundreds of Uyghur Elites, Report Suggests

( – Various countries, including the US, have announced they will not send representatives to the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing as a protest against China’s human rights violations. Now, it turns out a new report could shed light on some of the government’s tactics against the Uyghur population.

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) estimates China is holding about one million Uyghurs in detention centers, concentration camps, and prisons. The country has reportedly been working to gather members of the minority group since 2017.

The UHRP also determined through intelligence information about 312 of those detained are elites, such as Halmurat Ghopur, Dr. Abdulqadir Jalaleddin, Ablajan Awut Ayup, Tashpolat Teyip and Dr. Rahile Dawut. The report says the number of actual elite detainees is likely much higher, but they have only been able to find information on the cases they’ve reported so far.

The report discusses how by allegedly incarcerating these cultural elites, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) silences them and nullifies their influences. It suggests the PRC locking up doctors, professors, and entertainers — anyone with clout in the community — to ensure it can continue controlling the narrative and destroying the Uyghur culture.

At the same time, the PRC reportedly forces those remaining free to assimilate to its idea of society. UHRP suggests the Chinese government hopes to completely wipe out the Uyghur people through genocide campaigns against elite group members.

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