Data leak reveals extent of repression in Xinjiang: Reports May 25, 2022 0 0 12345 dpaBerlinNew revelations from a data leak demonstrate the extent of persecution and mass internment in the north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang, according to media reports.The “Xinjiang Police Files” were reported on Tuesday by an international media network including Britain’s BBC, USA Today, German news magazine Der Spiegel, southern German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk and French newspaper Le Monde.The publication coincides with the ongoing visit to China of UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who also plans to visit Xinjiang.According to the media reports, the documents, thousands of photos and official speeches offer a rare glimpse into the re-education camps and treatment of Muslim minority Uighurs and other minorities, and the hard line of Chinese rule.According to these accounts, the information contradicts official Chinese claims that the camps were “training facilities” that were voluntarily attended.German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock addressed the “shocking” reports in a videoconference with her Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, the Foreign Ministry said in Berlin on Tuesday.The reports showed “new evidence of very serious human rights violations in Xinjiang and called for a transparent investigation,” according to a ministry statement.The data was leaked to researcher Adrian Zenz, who works at the Washington Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and has previously documented persecution in Xinjiang in other publications.One photograph showed a prisoner restrained in a so-called “tiger chair” often used for interrogation under torture, Der Spiegel reported, while another showed a man with visible signs of violence to his chest and back. Yet another showed a man with his legs and arms tied and a hood over his head.The images taken in 2018 are from a re-education camp in Tekes to the west of Ürümqi and are among files totalling 10 gigabytes, the magazine reported. Other photographs showed almost 2,900 detained people, with the youngest 15 and the oldest 73.One 18-year-old man is reported to have been arrested on account of a two-week fitness course in a gym and sentenced to 12 years in prison for “planning a terrorist act.” The Chinese government charged that “anti-Chinese forces” were behind the publication.“Spreading lies and rumours is unable to deceive the world or conceal the fact that Xinjiang has a peaceful and prosperous society and a flourishing economy, and the people live and work in peace and happiness,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told journalists in Beijing.Yi highlighted China’s work to safeguard human rights at a meeting with Bachelet in Guangzhou in southern China on Monday. China had made protecting minorities “a major part of its work,” Wang said, according to the Foreign Ministry.Human rights organizations allege that hundreds of thousands of people have been interned in re-education camps.The Chinese government accuses Uighurs in the region of promoting separatism, extremism and terrorism. Members of the Muslim minority say they are subject to political, religious and cultural oppression.The communist government incorporated the former the former East Turkestan into the People’s Republic of China after taking power in 1949. RELATED ARTICLES US, Japan, Aus, India warn against Indo-Pacific conflict May 25, 2022 0 0 Differences over Ukraine war cloud Scholz’s South Africa trip May 25, 2022 0 0 Sri Lanka imposes third fuel price hike in two months May 25, 2022 0 0 Taliban signs agreement with UAE firm on running Afghan airports dpa Islamabad The Taliban signed an agreement with a company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday for the ground handling of three airports in Afghanistan. With the new agreement, the new officials in .. More than 5,000 people flee DRC amid fighting in country’s north east Kampala More than 5,000 people have fled from the Democratic Republic of Congo to neighbouring Uganda in recent days, amid fighting in the country’s north-east. A spokesperson for the UN refugee agency UNHCR told dpa on .. Four Turkish soldiers killed in anti-PKK operation in northern Iraq Istanbul Four Turkish soldiers are dead and three others are injured amid an ongoing operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, the Turkish Defence Ministry reported on Tuesday. No .. Russia seizes town in Donetsk region Kiev Russian forces have seized the town of Svitlodarsk in Ukraine’s contested Donetsk region on its eastern border with Russia, according to both Ukrainian and Russian sources. The town’s capture has been confirmed by ..