Tourists in the old town of Kashgar

Tourists in the old town of Kashgar

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In the Sinister Disneyland of Xinjiang China's Ongoing Oppression of the Uighurs

Western countries have accused China of genocide for its treatment of the Uighurs in Xinjiang. Beijing claims that everything is just fine in the homeland of the Muslim minority. We went there to take a look for ourselves.
By Georg Fahrion in Xinjiang
Muslims in front of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar: The oppression has entered a new phase.

Muslims in front of the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar: The oppression has entered a new phase.

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Police in Kashgar: No longer are security personnel heavily armed.

Police in Kashgar: No longer are security personnel heavily armed.

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In Xinjiang, we frequently encounter Uighurs who announce unprompted their loyalty to the party.
A mosque in Yarkant: "Love the Party, Love the Fatherland.”

A mosque in Yarkant: "Love the Party, Love the Fatherland.”

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A view across a modern section of Kashgar to the snow-covered peaks of the Pamir Mountains.

A view across a modern section of Kashgar to the snow-covered peaks of the Pamir Mountains.

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A Trip to Kashgar
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A Trip to Kashgar

In contrast to everywhere else in the world, not a single child or teenager was accompanying his father.
Converted mosque in Kashgar: "Tourist toilets."

Converted mosque in Kashgar: "Tourist toilets."

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A camp in Xinjiang: Reports of forced labor and forced sterilization

A camp in Xinjiang: Reports of forced labor and forced sterilization

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This building complex on the outskirts of Kashgar is thought to have been a re-education center for Uighurs. Today, it is home to a party school.

This building complex on the outskirts of Kashgar is thought to have been a re-education center for Uighurs. Today, it is home to a party school.

Foto: Roman Pilipey / epa / DER SPIEGEL