The Xinjiang Police Files are leaked documents from the Xinjiang internment camps that were forwarded to Adrian Zenz from an anonymous source. These files consist of more than ten gigabytes in size of speeches, images, spreadsheets and protocals dating back to 2018. On May 24, 2022, an international consortium of fourteen media companies[a] published information about the files.
The Xinjiang Police Files were published at the same time as the UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet started her visit to China on May 23. Her briefing included exploring the situation of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang as part of the visit.
Zenz wrote a journal article based on the contents of the files, titled The Xinjiang Police Files: Re-Education Camp Security and Political Paranoia in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region published in the Journal of the European Association for Chinese Studies on May 24.
According to Zenz, the files were made available through a “hacking attack directly on police computers and even computers in detention camps” and from public security bureau computer systems in Ili and Kashgar governorates in Xinjiang. The Xinjiang Police Files were the most comprehensive publicized leak on the state re-education camps in Xinjiang to date.
These are the portraits of thousands of Uyghurs: young, old, women and men. They were taken either at a police station or on arrival at a detention camp.
In the Konasheher district in the far west of China, over 12% of ethnic minority adults were detained in 2018. This detention rate exceeds that of Stalin’s era.
“If students do not listen to the instructions, armed police officers can fire warning shots. If the students do not yield to this deterrent, if they continue to escalate the tension, try to escape or take the officers’ weapons, the officers will kill them.” This is how discipline works at a “Vocational Skills Education and Training Center” (VSEC) for Muslim minorities in Konasheher, also known as Shufu, in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China.
This “instruction to eliminate disruption and any attempts at escape during classes” was originally issued in 2018. It was found in a batch of some 100,000 hacked police documents. Many of them are devoted to the “educational transformation” of the Uyghurs. Their mass confinement is defined as being for “re–education” purposes by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).