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EFSAS Study Paper: Uyghur ‘Terrorism’ - The Impacts of Chinese Propaganda


According to reports from UN Human Rights Watch in 2018, the number of people placed under arrest within Xinjiang has increased three-fold compared to the previous five-year period, which constitutes a system of “mass arbitrary detention, torture, and mistreatment of Turkic Muslims” (Wang, 2018). In that same year, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reported that the Chinese government had detained up to one million Uyghurs in ‘political education camps’ under the garb of countering terrorism. These estimates may even be outdated, as various Uyghur human rights organizations claim that there are anywhere from two to three million detainees currently held against their will (Çaksu, 2020, p. 178).