China: Why They Must Free Our Parents From Concentration Camps | NYT Opinion

  • Published: 19 August 2019
  • In the video Op-Ed above, three Chinese citizens whose parents disappeared demand their release from China’s “re-education camps.” The government is estimated to have detained over one million people. The goal: to force China’s Uighur ethnic minority to assimilate.

    China’s decades-long campaign against the Uighur minority has surged in recent years through the construction of hundreds of detention camps. Even outside of detention centers, millions of Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region live in a virtual prison. The surveillance state deploys sophisticated technology, including facial recognition tracking, compulsory apps that monitor mobile phones, and even DNA collection.

    China has justified its actions as a fight against religious extremism within the predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The state has also defended the camps as “boarding schools” for job retraining. Yet community leaders, including secular citizens and academics, have been targeted for detention.

    The international community has widely condemned China’s actions. The United States Congress is considering legislation to do so. And, in late July, China claimed to have released most detainees — yet experts and on-the-ground reporting suggest that the detention camps persist, and are even expanding.

    If you are concerned about the situation in Xinjiang, here is some action you can take.

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Comments • 254

  • Niu Jiantao
    Niu Jiantao  1 months back

    I wonder how much connection these interviewees have with China. It look like these interviews are not done in China.

    • Jimmy Jia
      Jimmy Jia  1 months back

      0:16 it is clearly a photoshopped image, I see New York Times also figure it out and try to blur the image and cover the truth, very interesting.

      • yl yxdlzy
        yl yxdlzy  1 months back

        Odessa shooting is a Beautiful scenery! Support democracy and freedom! Americans must pursue democracy like xinjiang. The United States needs more such beautiful scenery.

        • montreal canada
          montreal canada  2 months back

          New York Times good news

          • Cecil Owens
            Cecil Owens  2 months back

            F*** the CCP

            • toutoug Art
              toutoug Art  2 months back

              free Uighur, free Tibet 💗

              • Гулжигит Азимов

                Assalomy aleikym uygyr bir tugandar

                • Yun Fu
                  Yun Fu  2 months back

                  Must is a strong word for terrorists :)

                  • Yu Alden
                    Yu Alden  2 months back

                    May justice be brought for us Hong Kong people and Uighur, Tibet and Taiwan people as well. We must be freed from the communist party's oppression in assimilating our identities and freedoms! We are unique and different from the mainland, and you must not force us to become one of you! I hope Chinese in the mainland will be freed from brainwash education as well

                    • 李军伟
                      李军伟  2 months back


                      • Alienly Earthly
                        Alienly Earthly  2 months back

                        Help hongkong. China is the nazi of this century.

                        • harry loo
                          harry loo  2 months back

                          So ethnic separatism and religious extremism in Xinjiang don't exist?

                          • Fei B
                            Fei B  2 months back


                            • Hao Yu
                              Hao Yu  2 months back

                              What university did the professor work at? Need more information.

                              • CHINA BEATBOX CNBEATBOX
                                CHINA BEATBOX CNBEATBOX  2 months back


                                • Ranger Zhang
                                  Ranger Zhang  2 months back

                                  Funny,check what American do in the middle east,killing Muslim,now come back to care Muslim?really Funny,why my Muslim friend in China are all fine?

                                  • Jimmy Z
                                    Jimmy Z  2 months back

                                    不想多说什么了 既然全面开战了 那就战呗

                                    • Raven Lynx
                                      Raven Lynx  2 months back

                                      This will exactly happen to the people of HK if they surrender to China. I hope and hope God will give aid to the people of HK.

                                      • Tenzin Kuns
                                        Tenzin Kuns  2 months back

                                        freetibet, freeuigyur , fuxk china

                                        • Flesh
                                          Flesh  2 months back

                                          Just keep pretending it's not happening...

                                          • 巨人の肩
                                            巨人の肩  2 months back

                                            China can change its Orwellian aspects and keep its good ones. Most things work fine in China.

                                          • dajia jian
                                            dajia jian  2 months back

                                            If you live in China ,you have to obey its law ,maybe these people do something against law ,that's why they are being detained

                                          • D
                                            D  2 months back

                                            Great Journalism! CCCP destroying people!

                                            • Tired AF
                                              Tired AF  2 months back

                                              and islam build people.

                                          • Dane Reid
                                            Dane Reid  2 months back

                                            The Uyghers will never get help or attention. Firstly, they are Muslim. Secondly, our economies are too intertwined with the Chinese economy to take a human rights stand.

                                            • Wilson G
                                              Wilson G  2 months back

                                              This is how China goverment solve terrorism problem, reeducate them, teach them working skill, rather than burn them to ground like what the US did.

                                          • afro mama
                                            afro mama  2 months back


                                            • ABROR UYGHUR
                                              ABROR UYGHUR  2 months back

                                              china is threat.arabs are traitors

                                              • November
                                                November  2 months back

                                                It's not because of being Muslim, other Muslim minorities in China are not targeted.

                                                • hills keeprollin
                                                  hills keeprollin  2 months back

                                                  foreal where is the un these are old people not isis soilders china is dumb af

                                                  • Johnny Lin
                                                    Johnny Lin  2 months back

                                                    The most bizarre thing is that all Muslim countries turned a deaf ear to their Muslim brothers

                                                    • Syed Ahmed
                                                      Syed Ahmed  2 months back

                                                      All for money and development.

                                                  • Max Hill
                                                    Max Hill  2 months back


                                                    • itarfer
                                                      itarfer  2 months back

                                                      Oh my God?? This is horrifying!

                                                      • More Love
                                                        More Love  2 months back

                                                        Mark these words. China will fall. All evil reigns eventually do. Every evil civilization has always failed. It is just a matter of time. Same for every evil doer. The US is paying for all the karma, every pain we cause has consequences. We better wake up to this fact now, or life will tumble you into submission. Be humble, be kind. The meek do inherit the earth. At this point only animals will be left, the way we are behaving.

                                                        • g w
                                                          g w  2 months back

                                                          I am Chinese. This re-eductioan camps are not reported here, but even if they are reported, people here would think it is normal and it is maybe a needed policy. You know the Chinese authority even invited BBC to do a inside report.

                                                          • Wilson G
                                                            Wilson G  7 days back

                                                            @King Marc I think what you think totally makes no sense.

                                                          • King Marc
                                                            King Marc  7 days back

                                                            I think the chinese government official warn the people not to speak the truth to BBC journlist or they will be sent to a much worse camp

                                                          • g w
                                                            g w  2 months back

                                                            @Robin I feel bad about them but It does not scare me. I am one of the majority that won't be affected. The only thing that is bothering me right now is the difficulty of accessing Youtube. When the majority is okay, they don't care and the socity goes on like every day. Maybe a million can be killed and nobody cares. Why? I don't know.

                                                          • Robin
                                                            Robin  2 months back

                                                            Does this scare you too? What if your family gets taken?

                                                        • noeyesee1
                                                          noeyesee1  2 months back

                                                          YET, UK IS EAGER TO DO BIZ WITH CCP!

                                                          • akash gupta
                                                            akash gupta  2 months back

                                                            No muslim country has dare to talk about persecution of Muslims in China. They only talk about Palestine, Israel, new Zealand blah blah

                                                            • apeflac
                                                              apeflac  2 months back

                                                              LOL calling Trump to help Uighur, GOOD LUCK

                                                              • AERoVALKYRiE
                                                                AERoVALKYRiE  2 months back

                                                                so NY times support Islamic extremists and terrorists now? good job, NYT


                                                                • ys d
                                                                  ys d  2 months back

                                                                  I don’t know what they talked about?As a Chinese,I never heard about those things ,am I live in outer space?😂Go to film the concentration camp and show us!Just don’t interview those people who knows where they from ?and who they work for now?!BTW,China has 55 minority nationalities,including Uighurs and Tibetan in case someone didn’t known from hundreds years ago.And some of them want independence.We suffered from the wars and kinds of “revolutions” from 100 years ago,now we just want live a peace life and develop the economy.In short,I think some policies are necessary...

                                                                  • T_T
                                                                    T_T  2 months back

                                                                    ys d yeah you really must be living under a rock. There is plenty of videos and documents showing these ”re-education”-camps. There are even ”kindergardens” for kids. Please educate yourself in the matter before writing ignorant comments

                                                                • Waiman Lee
                                                                  Waiman Lee  2 months back

                                                                  I don't doubt there are camps. Are they brainwashing camps or Nazi style concentration camps? NYT embellishes to get readers to get emotional without facts. The UN had reported the numbers as up to a million but now you have hatched a new number of note than a million. Something does not add up.

                                                                  • KT Chong
                                                                    KT Chong  2 months back

                                                                    China will release them when the "re-education" is complete soon enough, and just in time to send all the Hong Kong protestors to those camps.

                                                                    • Medovukha
                                                                      Medovukha  2 months back

                                                                      "release" straight to organ harvesting and medical experiments, hmm reminds me a lot of what the demcorats accuse Trump of and say they hate doesn't it?

                                                                  • Kyle Slinky
                                                                    Kyle Slinky  2 months back


                                                                    • Backpacker One64
                                                                      Backpacker One64  2 months back

                                                                      Whats odd is that the average Chinese supports their govt, including the govt’s measure vs Uighurs, Tibetans, Taiwan and Hong Kong 🥢💔⏰

                                                                      • H Clare
                                                                        H Clare  2 months back

                                                                        Backpacker One64

                                                                        cuz they live there and see things with their own eyes instead of believing the rumors from the western media.

                                                                    • Ibrahim Khalid
                                                                      Ibrahim Khalid  2 months back

                                                                      Wow! It is interesting to observe that Americans are lecturing the Chinese on human rights. I wonder where was the New York Times when millions of people were killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by the failures of the Bush administration.
                                                                      My fellow Americans, get a life and focus on your own affairs.

                                                                    • acali sweetheart
                                                                      acali sweetheart  2 months back

                                                                      How can we allow this to happen? No form of concentration camp should ever exist have we not learned from the past to act

                                                                      • Crystal Ball
                                                                        Crystal Ball  2 months back

                                                                        Like Japanese detainment camps in the US right?

                                                                      • orionh3000
                                                                        orionh3000  2 months back

                                                                        there is no concentration camp, are you crazy??

                                                                    • Vagabondo
                                                                      Vagabondo  2 months back

                                                                      China is the cancer of our time, pure evil!

                                                                      • Ranger Zhang
                                                                        Ranger Zhang  2 months back

                                                                        Funny,to be honest,USA is the cancer of the present World,now showing the care of Muslim,so how about the crying Muslim family in Iraq,Syria?just open your mind to see how many wars already started by USA?

                                                                      • Vagabondo
                                                                        Vagabondo  2 months back

                                                                        @Snow Light several times to Beijing shanghai and Guangzou. And every time worse than before everyone wants to scam you in every way they can.

                                                                      • Snow Light
                                                                        Snow Light  2 months back

                                                                        Vagabondo Have u ever been to China?

                                                                    • Michael Gonzalez
                                                                      Michael Gonzalez  2 months back

                                                                      That's hilarious "If you are concerned about the situation in Xinjiang, here is some action you can take. Subscribe, More from the New York Times Video."
                                                                      I guess the only actions that will help is to get that subscriber count and those views up.

                                                                      • Ragd Dewany
                                                                        Ragd Dewany  2 months back

                                                                        Unbelievable, poor families😭. Wish you FREEDOM as soon as possible

                                                                        • CELEBRITY VIRALS
                                                                          CELEBRITY VIRALS  2 months back

                                                                          Same thing north Korea do to their people China is in North Korea pathway....both country are pathatic and now Hong Kong people are going to be in camp soon.