At least five ethnic Uyghur professors from one of the top universities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are being held in political “re-education camps,” according to one of their former colleagues and an official with the school who confirmed their detentions.
At a recently discovered “transformation through education” camp, authorities are monitoring each and every movement of detainees. Last week, Bitter Winter reported about Wuzan Middle School in Xinjiang’s Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture being converted into a “transformation through education” camp.
In February, more than 30 government officials paid a visit to Pastor Li Zheng’s (pseudonym) home in Yunnan’s Fugong county. His home was a house church with nearly 150 members. The officials were there to order him to shut it down, claiming, “Privately setting up a meeting place was a violation of the law.” They also told him to attend the government-controlled Three-Self Protestant church in his neighborhood instead.
A member of The Church of Almighty God was illegally arrested and inhumanely interrogated for 25 days, eventually, ending up in a hospital. According to sources, on April 26, Liu Xin (pseudonym), a member of The Church of Almighty God, a Chinese Christian new religious movement, was shopping with her granddaughter when three or four plainclothes police officers suddenly arrested her. They handcuffed Liu Xin, escorted her home, and raided it, confiscating a large number of religious books and optical discs.
After the 19th CPC (Communist Party of China) National Congress, Chinese government has launched unprecedented persecution and repression against Islam. With approximately a million Muslims put under arrest and detention and a large number of mosques forcefully demolished, Islamic beliefs and human rights of Muslims are in serious crisis.