The mostly Muslim Uighyrs of Xinjiang have a strong identity, born out of a long independent history before China annexed the area in the 18th century.
President Xi Jinping is determined to break that spirit. To govern Xinjiang, he brought in Chen Quanguo, a veteran of ruthless oppression in Tibet. Uncaring of the Orwellian implications, they’ve set up a Ministry of Justice to run the camps with one express purpose: to “wash brains, cleanse hearts, support the right, remove the wrong.”
The AP report details the “patrol towers and high walls” that enclose what former inmates call “a concentration camp” with “rape, brainwashing and torture.”
How should the civilized world respond? One suggestion is a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. And organizations such as the NBA plainly need to rethink their efforts in China, as do the tech companies that are aiding in Big Brother monitoring of the entire province.