Leaked Chinese Government documents reveal the use of tech in Mass Detentions of Muslims

President Xi Jinping visiting a mosque in the city of Urumqi in 2014

Earlier this year, we got information about the use of an application named Big Brother used by the Chinese Government for the mass surveillance of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang Province of China.

In two weeks, two reports have been released that include leaked Chinese Government documents about the persecution of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China, the documents also reveal which technology enables mass surveillance, making it possible to track the daily lives of people at an unprecedented scale.

The first report came from the New York Times article that looked into more than 400 pages of leaked documents specifying how government leaders, including President Xi Jinping, developed and enforced policies against Uighurs.

The second report comes from International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), an independent non-profit made a report on more than 24 pages of the documents that reveals how the Chinese government is using technology to engage in mass surveillance and identify groups for seizing and detention in Xinjiang region camps that may now hold as many as a million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities, including people who hold foreign citizenship.

ICIJ reporter Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian writes in his article that the classified documents explain the documents “demonstrates the power of technology to help drive industrial-scale human rights abuses.” adding more to it they also force members of targeted groups in Xinjiang region to live in “a perpetual state of terror.”

The ICIJ reports that the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), a policing platform, is used by the police and other authorities to collate personal data, along with data from facial-recognition cameras and other surveillance tools, and then uses artificial intelligence to identify categories of Xinjiang residents for detention.

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