As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, visits cities in the region, a new cache of hacked Chinese police photographs and documents has been leaked, revealing the human toll of Beijing’s treatment of its Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
Thousands of photos of those detained are included in the files, as well as details of a shoot-to-kill policy for those who attempt to escape.
The governing Chinese Communist Party is accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the far-western province, which according to the US and western politicians is called “genocide”.
Researchers and protesters accuse Chinese authorities of pursuing a campaign of forced labor, coercive permanent contraception, massive incarceration and the destruction of Uyghur cultural heritage in Xinjiang, in addition to widespread detentions.
Chinese officials and diplomats dismiss such claims as “lies,” insisting that Beijing’s Xinjiang policy is focused on counter-terrorism, and deradicalization.
The files contained “shocking details of China’s human rights violations” against the Uyghur Muslim people, according to UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
Truss said UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet should be allowed full access to Xinjiang during her official visit to China.
The files’ source claims to have hacked, retrieved, and decrypted them from a number of Xinjiang police computer servers, which was then passed to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
The Chinese government’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang has sparked international outrage and been criticised by some Islamic governments.