字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント Shocking scenes in China Uighurs shackled and blindfolded Taken by train to who knows where China calls them “vocational training centers” Human rights watchers say “concentration camps” Welcome back to China Uncensored. I'm Chris Chappell. Drone footage has emerged from China's Xinjiang region showing this: A train transport of prisoners. Police escort inmates, who have shaved heads, and are handcuffed and blindfolded. The video was posted on the YouTube channel War on Fear. It says the footage shows the quote unquote “long-term suppression of human rights and fundamental freedoms by the Chinese government in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.” Xinjiang is where the UN says the Chinese regime has locked up over 1 million Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority who live there. The Chinese Communist Party says the detention facilities in Xinjiang are actually "vocational training centers" helping to stamp out extremism and to equip people with new job skills. See, they're schools, definitely not prisons. “They are affected by religious extremism. Our purpose is to get rid of their extremist thoughts.” Just like in a normal job training center. And all part of the Chinese Communist Party's plan to lift people out of poverty. But human rights groups— and Western leaders— say these training centers are closer to concentration camps. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called China's treatment of Uighurs the "stain of the century," and that China is "home to one of the worst human rights crises of our time." Speaking in New York on Sunday, ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, Pompeo said Beijing's campaign in Xinjiang isn't about fighting “terrorism” but “erasing” its citizens. "And further on the subject of terrorism, I want to make clear that China's repressive campaign in Xinjiang is not about terrorism it's about China's attempt to erase its own citizens of Muslim faith and culture and we call on all countries to resist China's demands to repatriate Uighurs.” The newly-released drone footage appears to have been shot in August of *2018* at a train station near the city of Korla, in Xinjiang. Ironically, by a DJI drone made in China. When the camera zooms in, you can see the prisoners, sitting on the ground, surrounded by police—shackled and blindfolded. Again, just like in a normal job training center. Next the prisoners are escorted off the lot and towards waiting buses. The video then cuts out and then... who knows where the prisoners ended up? Maybe it's Shanghai Disneyland! Or possibly a detention center. Come to think of it, yeah, it's probably a detention center. Where the prisoners will be lifted out of poverty. Nathan Ruser is a researcher with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute who verified the video. He believes prisoners were taken from the Kashgar Detention Center... to the much bigger facilities in Korla. The red squares are full-fledged prisons. Hard-time facilities like these he says, are ones “where those sentenced live out years of pre-trial detention and then far longer in their prison sentences.” In verifying the footage, Ruser used clues in the video— landmarks and sun position— to zero in on when and where it was shot. Clues like the orientation map and the scale bar info... then Google Earth, and bingo... the train station west of Korla in south-east Xinjiang. And prisoners were probably bussed to one the 150 or so detention centers across Xinjiang. They've been built at a lightning pace to handle more than a million people who've been detained since the Uighur crackdown sped up a couple years ago. Here's a glimpse inside one of the less restrictive facilities, where inmates eagerly learn about Core Socialist Values... which include “democracy,” “rule of law,” and—most importantly—“freedom.” I know that sounds like a joke, but those are the actual Core Socialist Values. But these places aren't so bad— say Chinese authorities. What about *this* Uighur detention facility— where you can see there's pingpong dancing and basketball? Turns out, that's a video shared by the editor-in-chief of my favorite Chinese state-run media, The Global Times. And according to Ruser, it's pure propaganda. “The basketball 'courts' are merely mats and there for propaganda purposes,' he says, pointing to mats lifting off the ground and to satellite imagery showing the courts normally located at a nearby school. After the Chinese Communist Party could no longer deny the existence of these detention camps, they started taking foreign journalists on supervised tours. Here's a BBC investigative report published in June: “Is it your choice to be here?” “Yes. I had weak awareness of the law. I was influenced by extremism and terrorism. A policeman in my village told me to get enrolled in school and transform my thoughts.” Yes, that's a totally normal thing to say about enrolling in a *vocational* training school. Of course, the newly surfaced drone video undercuts the narrative that people are in these centers out of their own free will. “If they don't want to come, then what happens?” “We've never encountered that before. But we'd proactively guide them.” “But isn't a place where people have to come, obey the rules, stay until you allow them to leave, sound more like a prison? Even if it's a prison in which you can do some art?” “Prison? Is there a prison where you can paint? I don't know what you mean by prison. Our place is indeed a training center.” This woman spent a year in a detention facility— mostly in one of the tougher camps— for the dastardly crime of having WhatsApp installed on her phone. “They put cuffs on my legs for a week. There were times when we were beaten. Once I was struck with an electric baton.” Meanwhile, Australia's Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has viewed the prisoner transport video and she told News dot com that she finds it “deeply disturbing.” She also said that “We have consistently called for China to cease the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other Muslim groups. We have raised these concerns— and we will continue to raise them— both bilaterally and in relevant international meetings.” International meetings like the United Nations General Assembly taking place this week in New York, where President Donald Trump spoke at the United Nations Event on Religious Freedom. “As we speak, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Yazidis, and many other people of faith are being jailed, sanctioned, tortured and even murdered, often at the hands of their own government simply for expressing their deeply-held religious beliefs.” But it should come as no surprise that China's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US has "slandered China's policy toward Xinjiang and grossly interfered in China's internal affairs." And this all comes as China releases its annual white paper about how great human rights are in China. Other Chinese state-run media quickly picked up the white paper. "The government says people's rights have been improved since 1949 when the New China was founded." But wait, how can they say human rights in China have improved, when they're locking up Uighurs and brainwashing them? Easy! They just change the definition of human rights. See, in the United States, the Declaration of Independence proclaims that human rights are not granted by governments, but by God— and they include the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In Communist China, though, the Communist Party is God— and it has endowed its people with none of those things. But here are the “human rights” they do claim to offer: “An array of achievements, among them the right to food, the elimination of absolute poverty, improved living standards, safe drinking water, improved housing conditions, more convenient public transport, and better public health.” I mean, what could possibly be a more important human right than “more convenient public transport”? Certainly not freedom of belief. “We aim to change their religious extremist thoughts, so they can find work after graduation.” “We would call that brainwashing.” “We're not completely changing their thoughts. We only remove the extremist elements.” Although this year, the Chinese Communist Party has decided to emphasize a new human right: Living a happy life. But how do you measure happiness? Let's ask the Uighurs at this vocational training school. And if *that* doesn't make people happy, you can always do this to them. So what do you think about the detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang? Leave your comments below. And now it's time for me to answer a question from one of you— a fan who supports China Uncensored through the crowdfunding website, Patreon. Alan Sandler asks: “Please give me a definition of Wuumaw. Love your program.” Thanks. I love my program, too. So Wu Mao means 50 cents. Technically, 5 ten cents. It refers to people on the internet who are allegedly paid 50 Chinese cents each time they post a pro-Beijing comment on websites, underneath videos, etc. This is called China's Wu Mao Dang, a.k.a. 50-Cent Party, or 50-Cent Army. The term is almost a decade old. You might see some of these kind of comments below this video— although you can't necessarily tell whether that particular person was paid, or whether he's actually just supporting the communist party for free. At any rate, when I started this fundraising campaign on Patreon in 2015, I decided to call my supporters the “China Uncensored 50-Cent Army” as a nod to that. Good question, Alan. And thanks to the support of my “China Uncensored 50-Cent Army”— the people who contribute a dollar or more per episode— we can pay our staff, buy the right equipment, travel to places like Hong Kong, and keep this show going. Once again, I'm Chris Chappell. See you next time.