This is an ongoing effort to summarize and translate major documents, reports, and other resources that establish a fairly clear picture of what I have come to believe qualifies as cultural genocide against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. This is a work in progress. Feel free to DM me on Twitter with any questions/corrections!
Part I: Background preliminary evidence
This section focuses on background to and the early stages of current policy in Xinjiang (up to 2017), and a critical analysis of the research paper published by Zenz in 2018 that significantly increased focus on the crisis.
Part II: Primary evidence—testimony, leaked documents, satellite imagery; further developments and discoveries
▫️ ICIJ China Cables
▫️ Satellite imagery: what it does and does not prove
▫️ Allegations of forced labor and forced sterilization
Part III: Answering objections—denialist documents, common arguments, and PRC media depictions
▫️ Testimony from Xinjiang: who do we believe, and why?
▫️ Most Muslim countries support China anyways
▫️ Chinese media and independent sources show that these camps are humane
▫️ This is an attempt to smear China by the West through compliant think tanks
▫️ The scale is nowhere near what's claimed by Western sources
▫️ Miscellaneous objections thrown around on Twitter
Part IV: So what?
▫️Islamophobia, the War on Terror, and Chinese parallels
▫️“Genocide” and Xinjiang—what is the appropriate term for the crisis?
▫️What can other countries do, if anything?
- The Xinjiang Documentation Project at the University of British Columbia, particularly its compendium of primary accounts. It also has Mandarin translations of selected articles.
- The Xinjiang Victims Database, particularly its transcribed and translated compendium of testimony and other other primary documents.
- If you're looking for a mega-bibliography, this Google Doc is great, particularly for academic journal articles.