onsdag 9. desember 2020

China Big Data Program Identifies Uyghurs for 'Arbitrary' Detention-HRW Report

Authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China use a big data program that “arbitrarily selects Turkic Muslims for possible detention” in internment camps based on behavior that is legal, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Thursday.

In the report, “China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims,” the New York-based watchdog group analyzes a leaked list of over 2,000 detainees from Aksu prefecture provided in late 2018 by RFA’s Uyghur Service. “The big data program, the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP), apparently flagged the people on the Aksu List, whom officials then evaluated and sent to ‘political education’ camps in Xinjiang,” HRW said

“The Aksu List provides further insights into how China’s brutal repression of Xinjiang’s Turkic Muslims is being turbocharged by technology,” said Maya Wang, China researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The Chinese government owes answers to the families of those on the list: why were they detained, and where are they now?” she said in a statement ahead of the release of the report on Thursday.