In what is the largest internment of minorities since World War II, more than one million ethnic Uighur Muslims are locked up in specially constructed prisons located in China’s north-western region of Xinjiang. The Chinese government has consistently claimed the camps are voluntary re-education centers to counter extremism. But recently leaked documents, known as the “China Cables,” tell a very different story. They show the camps are run as high security prisons and that inmates face torture and abuse. In recent years, thousands of Uighurs have fled into exile. DW correspondent Julia Hahn met a woman now living in Istanbul in Turkey who says she was trapped in a Chinese detention center for more than a year.
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