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tv   Close up  Deutsche Welle  August 7, 2019 9:30am-10:01am CEST

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is the world really getting better. the global $3000.00 special reports. starts august 19th sunday to the. freedom. sheet almost forgotten feeling. in fact there were times she thought she'd never experience it again. but here in istanbul on the banks of the bosphorus good hard to read of all his
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rediscovered what life and liberty is like. today i feel free i feel good. at it on a man that can listen i can breathe again and feel the sun on my skin. i believe doesn't allow a man. good to hire as an ethnic weaker. she was kept in a camp in western china for one year 3 months and 10 days. her ordeal began in may 2017 when police arrested her in her hotel room building just a day at home i was exhausted it could have all they took me to a cell with a heavy metal door as. they made so much. noice whenever they were opened.
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the cell was about 20 square metres in size and had no windows. it held about 40 women. half of them would stand while the others like close together on the floor. with all of them had heavy chains around their ankles the. conditions inside the cells were unbearable the houses no sanitation no water no food and then there was the brainwashing. had to swear loyalty to china's communist party. because the would have to get them sort of them because once a week they showed us a video of that sheet and ping. and then you. were forced to write self-criticism essays they wanted to make sure our mindset had
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changed and improved in the given the book every monday morning at 955 we had to get up and sing the chinese national anthem the rest of the week we had to sing 5 songs a day. when it comes. with . me. i've forgotten the rest. most of us like to like those are the kind of songs we had to sing. if we refuse they wouldn't give us any food.
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it's believed that there are about 100 can see in western china and like the one good behind describes. sprawling complexes which are quarter to several rights groups detained over a 1000000 weekers. mostly a muslim turkic speaking minority that we girls are native to this young region the territory is almost 5 times the size of germany and only autonomous in name in reality china has turned it into a police state. beijing is sought to subdue the beakers and deep set conflict that reaches far back in history. in past years riots have become increasingly violent as chinese authorities respond with brutal crackdowns. the weaker is rose up to protest cultural religious and economic discrimination.
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in recent years under the pretense of fighting religious extremism and in response to a series of terrorist acts carried out by readers the chinese authorities introduced what they termed reeducation measures. today an estimated 10 percent of china's we good population is locked away in these camps women and men from all walks of life it seems no one is spared the repression. but even prominent cultural figures have been targeted popstar 2 songs promoted we go identity and culture has been missing since his arrest in february 28th. 9000 kilometers away from the junk bank canada is the seat of the prestigious university of british columbia this is where 29 year old chinese student shawn chung studies law shawn was one of the 1st able to show evidence of the internment
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camps and she and john. talking about it and he's feeling a lot of it. at 1st i'm actually a little bit a skeptic about it because i'm that. kind of things befall so i decided to check it on my self and the search. in his dorm he collects official documents from chinese authorities available on the internet public tenders building permits orders for construction materials. with the addresses on the documents he locates the camps on satellite images and compiles an accurate map which he publishes on his blog and most accounts i find without things like cash lease with ya can't they say it's a. company to map off. because
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i only have. images fall of thoughts so i may just. sean believes there are about 100 gems across jinja they're easy to make out their design differs greatly from conventional prisms front of pictures i can definitely tell it here is that if you tension facility like to see. you know you can say don't watch tower here. yeah and and this wall is like it's up out of sri to a 5 metre high if you feel compelled to wait for the shadows off if every typical i think. least feature in many odd camps high security blocks and they're expanding rapidly in 2016 there were only
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a few apartment houses on this open plain 2 years later and he's become an enormous camp. in just a short time new buildings were erected over his piece of 166000 square meters according to one secret document shown obtained more than 8000 people are here no. obvious lead at least pantheistic spending i think. one reason it's late. they are. they are detaining him on the mob hit hole there. they have to be on your cans to accommodate you know detainees. we traveled to sion jongg repeatedly in the hopes of getting a closer look at these camps.
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where foreign journalists aren't welcome here. as soon as we arrive in the region we're followed by several cars like this white vehicle or this one air. and plain clothes agents are openly tracking our every move. out in the streets were prevented from filming. we share. over the course of 3 trips to the region where arrested a total of 7 times. like on this rural road here a chance. were stopped at a police roadblock. i i i. know south asia and. then we're brought to this police station where officers check our documents and can target us while we secretly continue filming.
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so you're a journalist from shanghai what are you doing there. we want to film the camp end up on saying. there's no reeducation camp there there's no camp and up on showing no yes there is a big camp with many and makes no there's no camp. the camp end up on chang is clearly visible on this satellite image. we're not allowed to pass the police force us to turn around. she jennings reader population of 11000000 already lives in what amounts to a giant open air prison. there are police stations and checkpoints everywhere. that people
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here are under constant surveillance they're searched everywhere when entering train stations and supermarkets are boarding a bus. their mobile phones are also regularly monitored. jean jennings has pioneered facial recognition software a system used throughout the country a surveillance web of hundreds of thousands of cameras film streets and mosques. cameras can also be found in taxis or at the entrance to public toilets. but the readers are not only subjected to round the clock surveillance they also live with the ever present fear of being arrested and sent to a camp that any moment. on one of our trips to zhejiang we managed to approach the
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camp on this satellite image using g.p.s. coordinates provided to us by sean chong. we succeeded in driving there and filming these extraordinary images. were in no time good southern chicha. the city has at least 8 camps this one appears to be brand new. some 10 buildings razor wire and security cameras everywhere watching every square centimeter there are bars on the windows. we are not granted access to any of the camps but one chinese journalist managed to secretly shoot this media at a camp in western xing john last august it was still under construction at the time today more than a 1000 people are held here. inside dormitories that look like prison cells
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and on every floor 3 such classrooms banners like these trumpet party ideology of racial doctrine is that she jingping socialism with chinese characteristics will ring in a new era. across china's border in kazakhstan we meet a woman who knows exactly what goes on inside these camps. so a riot rules cited by the chinese citizen and member of the ethnic cause a minority. in nov 27th teen she was arrested transported to a camp and forced to teach mandarin to inmates for months later she was released she was not told why today she lives in exile. this is the 1st time she recounts what she experienced there on camera just made can boil day after day i
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have to work with the inmates baby and the 100 or a 1000 times i would make them repeat i am chinese and proud of china. was it would have agendas they had to stand up and loudly recite he's lines i don't need to go and i have to instruct them thousands of times they have to say how much they love she's on the communist party go think of that and i would chunk the whenever i end of the classroom i was followed by 2 armed policeman. they stood behind me while i taught for the entire class was recorded and they were policeman at the door to vacation at. the camp elde some to wonder how 1000 inmates cause attacks and we. say regula witnessed violence and abuse. sometimes armed policemen would storm into my class. every 2 or 3 of them and they
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would seize inmates and drag them out from getting tougher luggage i never saw those people again but their membership. whacked with pride which saved me sometimes in the evenings as we age we would take cries for help so. of a short stay so long and charles of. copeland i'd never heard such voices which was so desperate. and full of suffering jokes. we were sure they were being tortured to have. the authorities say the inmates are being reeducated but evidently they're being tortured and abused. i don't watch what i want the inmates were given injections but i think it's not as medicine as torture. you see the injections we used to when control over their brains. over the people in the camp had no strength anymore to rebel against anything. forced injections to make
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inmates pliable in istanbul. of our confirms the practice she says she herself was forcibly medicated during our internment. they gave us an injection once a week here or here we had to put our own through a small opening in the door we women soon noticed that because of the injections we weren't getting up period anymore i stopped menstruating one month after i was arrested. the injections made our minds go blank we didn't even think about families anymore i couldn't remember where i was born we didn't feel the cold or hunger we felt like a lifeless piece of meat that have been dumped there. initially china pushed back against international condemnation of the mass detentions by flatly denying accusations. but then it changed its approach.
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to it how to help financially. the prisons were to be given a legitimate sheen. this report on state television shows men and women in a camp learning mandarin. well. they. should you know it's a show that's been on current t.v. about the report says camp inmates are receiving vocational training and seamstresses are carpenters the rooms are all clean and everyone looks grateful to be able to be there. and i used to be an educated but those days are over now widening my horizon. i don't even want to think about where i would be if i couldn't study here. maybe i would have
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fallen prey to religious fanatics and become a criminal. if the government and the party found and rescued me just in time to. get into. the just. we show the report to guba. the camp i was intended look totally different we were never allowed us about 20 square me syringes this week which has 10 or 20 people and says look how well they're doing. but in the other camps people are crying. i've only just been freed and i can assure you where i was is nothing like what they're showing here there's a reason the little your it's a long it's not true at all. good about how i won't forget the women she left behind women like herself arbitrarily detained and deprived of their
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freedom in her notebook she lists their names and the reasons for their arrest well then i assume as i remember and name a russia to. legislate that. ali i looked up because she traveled to turkey. 52 years old arrested for being an english translator. only some detained because a photo of a praying go was found on a small phone i miss them deformed but at the minute they would offer to move for us arrested for wearing a headscarf but at the bottom click on the. good $111.00 is a cause x. it isn't and ran a company exporting clothes from china to kazakhstan she was arrested while on a business trip to the chinese city of order. her release came out to the government of kazakhstan intervened on her behalf. members of the oh
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i'd been doing business in china for 20 years i'm not a terrorist i'm just a normal business woman and the mother of 3 children. while on the bachmann in the in a real am when i came home my children told me they petition tirelessly for my release . i'm very lucky to have escaped from such a place where i was accused of terrorism all of them and that's when the. around a 1000000 weekers live in exile outside of china might be a bunch of you know. busy busy some are afraid of being forced to return to regime john. beijing's oppression extends beyond its own national borders. it's even targeted members of the weaker community in france for example. for months the
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chinese embassy in paris has refused to give members of the diaspora the documents they need to extend their identity papers. one week or woman has agreed to talk to us on condition that she remain anonymous her family fears reprisals. she says she's the victim of attempted blackmail if she doesn't return to shane jiang to pick up her birth certificate her residence permit in france will expire. i'd rather live here illegally then go back and walk right into their trap that they want to force us to return and then they'll find some way to send us to a concentration camp they're trying to pressure as many leaders as possible into coming back since. that's exactly what happened to goodbye. she did go back and was arrested. the engineer had
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been living near paris for 10 years when she received a call one day from her former boss and december 26th team it was a trap he called again and again insisting she returned to china to sign paperwork for her pension. you agreed to go at the time reports on the existence of the camps had not yet emerged. from what you say runs with this site he called her incessantly for a week and told her with a stern voice you have to come back you have no choice you have to sign your paperwork we can't wait for you any longer like you have to come back. so she bought a return ticket and planned to stay for 2 weeks she was supposed to be back in france on december 10th. when she arrived in china her passport was confiscated and her husband and 2 daughters could no longer reach or for 6 months they knew nothing
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of her whereabouts city closure of whom it was a very tough time then in june or july of 20176 months later my aunt called and told us that our mother was in a reeducation camp i think she said she was being retrained she's in vocational training or she's in school. back then we simply couldn't imagine what that meant and that it would take so long we never dreamed there could be such camps with thousands of prisoners. the french foreign ministry says it can't intervene because unlike her husband and daughters. is not a french citizen. but her family won't give up hope. oh i. didn't know about that. as local.
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class. today they're welcoming a week or activists visiting from finland for months without hardy has been traveling around the world meeting members of the diaspora. 1. 100 on hardy as a general practitioner whose parents both civil servants back home were interned for 2 years they've since been released and placed under house arrest. just now more on it is fighting for the many others who have disappeared into detention. since its theory important and significant for us all of us that they seem to experience this and encourage. show or supersede to each other and lit it has
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a feel that the army and. if you like to get there you'll be powerful. should work. hard on hardy who left john when he was 19. now he's 35 and lives with his reader wife and their 2 children in a helsinki suburb. and it's. we really enjoyed the you here and the. cause of culture and they were saying because of freedom here relieve us or human dignity human rights. the last time he traveled to sheen jiang was in 2016 that was also the last time he
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saw his relatives look i hope i show you something like i'm sure there's a picture. see it's me and my beloved life. it's leader traditional. closing and we took the peaches when the last time. we use it. all our parents into punk. alarmed by the threat to his people on or on set up an association that compiles the names of people interned in china i want to let the world know what happened to my people to my parents. oh he regularly organizes demonstrations to raise international awareness of china's campaign against me good muslims. today bigger is
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from all over europe are rallying in the house seeking. welcome thank you for coming. the flag they're carrying is outlawed in china it's the flag of the east turkistan the geographic area they came under chinese rule in the 18th century the chinese renamed the region change on the we staged numerous uprisings and twice established an independent east turkistan state before she was young was incorporated into communist china in 1949 some weaker say only independence will save their people is that the solution that's the solution we will like to house the reason as we have stablished independence and it has within the 20th century solved 1st time in 1933 2nd time in the age of 44 so we're not a country that has never stablish independence war or war never was never were able to run a government we have
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a track record of showing. everyone here knows someone who's interned in a chinese camp. has been living in europe for 9 years his nephew stayed in shanghai jiang and is now also detained. there are also some. we feel we are this stuff. so few of us as you can say that. comes of very few to serve as a voice for our people to divide up the puppets example of people who are suffering immensely by dying and i'm not even exaggerating it exists but the harm went on holiday and his fellow demonstrators have vowed to continue speaking out on what rights groups call the largest mass incarceration of the 21st century and to ensure the victims are never forgotten.
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