The Continuous Rapes in Xinjiang Camps

There has been accounts of sexual assault and abuse by Uyghur and Kazakh women, along with Buddhist nuns, who were raped as a method of re-educating them in labor camps to force them to re-iterate the Chinese Communistic Party’s (CCP) beliefs. Just this year, there was a report that was leaked to the German media showing that despite China’s claims of “vocational schools”; they are, in fact, gruesome jails where torture, murder, and sexual crimes and abuses were regularly happening to female inmates. Before the report came out, the “New York Times” published an article by a reporter, who had gone to Kazakhstan, to interview Kazakhs and Uyghurs that escaped from Xinjiang Camps. The information she gleaned from them told of unspeakable horrors that spoke of inhumane crimes committed against those imprisoned. These included being caged underground and beaten until one ear was deaf, others “were shackled and strung up as if crucified,” a common form of torture was the “tiger benches”-used to chain inmates down to deprive of sleep, Muslims to give up faith and every night—thank Xi Jinping, and also the sexual abuse crimes.

Last week, there was a debate at Columbia University in New York where there were questions as to where these claims were coming from. Missing in this discussion were the Tibetans, where they have complained for a very long time that it also exists in Tibet, “transformation through education camps”. These same camps with the same name are present there; in Tibetan, it is called “lobso yosang teyney khang”. It comes as no surprise as there are similar accounts of what happens in Xinjiang. In 2018, the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy published a report of a Buddhist monk who was detained and imprisoned in Sog, Tibet. In fact, there were other monks, nuns, and everyday people incarcerated; they were forced to do military drills, denounce Dalai Lama, and sing songs of the CCP.

In the personal account of this Buddhist monk, he said that after military drills, for certain the Buddhist nuns, were abused and raped, especially taken advantage of due to physical exhaustion. “ Many nuns would lose consciousness during the drills, he wrote. Sometimes officers would take unconscious nuns inside where I saw them fondle the nuns’ breasts and grope all over their body. Afterwards, the guards would spend the night in the nuns’ cells. The monk was told by female inmates about ‘officers lying in the nuns’ bedroom pressing unconscious nuns underneath.’ “ He also confirmed of other forms of persecution and torture. Any inmates who protested were punished harshly. He stated that they were hit really bad “with electronic batons that they would lose consciousness. The officers would revive the unconscious inmates by splashing water on their faces. This cycle of losing and reviving consciousness would go on for some time at the end of which the officers would use a black plastic pipe to beat and pour water on all parts of the body and then use electric batons to beat some more. Soon black and blue makes would appear on the victim’s body and render him or her half-dead.”

The Catholic daily, “La Croix International,” has reported that rape is a tool used for re-education and as former rape victims, Buddhist nuns could not return to the monasteries; also, the systematic rape of nuns in Tibet has been a recurring issue for decades. They aren’t the only ones—female Falun Gong practitioners, as part of the prisoners of conscience, who have been banned from practicing anything of Falun Gong, have also been raped. There are many reports of these practitioners suffering from these rape crimes in Chinese jails. In the book, “The Church of Almighy God,” supported by documents, tells of a story of Sister Jiang Guizhi (1966-2013), a church member raped and tortured to death. And now, there are obvious indications and testimonies that Muslim women in Xinjiang are the next victims.


Image: “A Tibetan Nun”—Luca Galuzzi,

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