‘No Releases’ of Thousands Held For Years in Xinjiang Township Political ‘Re-education Camps’August 06, 2018
An officer from the Haniqatam Police Department told RFA that the large number of detentions in the township had resulted in 12-hour shifts for him and his fellow officers.
“We are very busy and our workload is immense … because there is a long line of [relatives of camp detainees] asking for help, every day” said the officer, who also asked to remain unnamed.
“In some houses the husband has been taken away, while in others the wife has been taken away, and others still have had both detained, leaving the children behind, so the families come to inform us of their difficult situation and request our help.”
In addition to requests for assistance, family members of those detained must visit with the local authorities to obtain permission to visit their loved ones in the camps, he said, which has led to long lines at the police station “all of the time.”