Jailed because “phone has run out of credit”

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24 May 2022, 1:38 am

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It is in a set of 452 spreadsheets that this dual approach is most starkly exposed, complete with the names, addresses and ID numbers of more than a quarter of a million Uyghurs - showing which of them has been detained, in which type of facility and why.

They paint a picture of relentless internment in both camps and prisons, with row upon row documenting the prejudicial prying of Chinese officials sent deep into Uyghur society - backed with big data surveillance tools – to arbitrarily detain at will.

There are countless examples of people being punished retrospectively for “crimes” that took place years or even decades ago - with one man jailed for 10 years in 2017 for having “studied Islamic scripture with his grandmother” for a few days in 2010.

Many hundreds are shown to have been targeted for their mobile phone use - mostly for listening to “illegal lectures” or having encrypted apps installed.

Others are punished with up to a decade in prison for not using their devices enough, with well over a hundred instances of “phone has run out of credit” being listed as a sign that the user is trying to evade the constant digital surveillance.

The spreadsheets show how lives are sifted in search of the slightest of pretexts, which are turned into the broadest of charges - “picking quarrels” or “disturbing the social order” - and then punished as serious acts of terrorism; seven years, 10 years, 25 years, the columns of sentences stretch on and on.

If the terrorism label is ever justly applied, it’s impossible to discern among a sea of data pointing to the internment of a people not for what they’ve done, but for who they are.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/85qihtvw6e/the-faces-from-chinas-uyghur-detention-camps



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24 May 2022, 9:37 am

Further details\source material can be found at:
https://www.xinjiangpolicefiles.org/

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The Xinjiang Police Files are a major cache of speeches, images, documents and spreadsheets obtained by a third party from confidential internal police networks. They provide a groundbreaking inside view of the nature and scale of Beijing's secretive campaign of interning between 1-2 million Uyghurs and other ethnic citizens in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

The files have been authenticated through peer-reviewed scholarly research. Investigative research teams from over a dozen global media outlets have also verified portions of the data.



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24 May 2022, 5:15 pm

I'm also interested in "spreadsheets". Where are they?
If the photo can be published with the name, why can't the sheet.

We all know that there are some Islamic extremists who need to be enforced, the question is, how many.
The information that can confirm the claims in the news happens not to be given.


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24 May 2022, 5:57 pm

The translation of the information is highly likely to be distorted. I didn't check all English translations.

Image part:
A) Top left corner. The original file name was not given. It could be a drill, it could be a real-life setting in a detention center, or it could be a real-world setting in a "technical school"/"re-education camp".
B) Top right corner. The original filename was not given. Apparently drills and activities by public officials.
C) Lower left corner. Very normal police training lessons.
D) Lower right corner. The original filename is given, but happens to have no translation. Actually a variety of drills.

Those type of activity often requires photographing in the public service system for archival purposes.


key document:
1/2/3, bureaucratic speeches without anything special.
4/5/6/7, vigilance strength and prevention of escape.
8. A system for talking to relatives.
9. Registration and Review
10. leave for medical system
11. The police force configuration of a center.
12. Program for transferring personnel of a center.

The document clearly refers to some persons as "criminal suspects"、"offender"and "defendants". And use a parallel relationship.
This explains why, at least in part, strict security is required.


The total number is not mentioned anywhere.


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