Database Entry: PART III: Interview: ‘We tell them that they would be banned from seeing their family again.’
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PART III: Interview: ‘We tell them that they would be banned from seeing their family again.’

October 29, 2018
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An officer at a police station in Kashgar (in Chinese, Kashi) prefecture recently told RFA’s Uyghur Service about the conditions at a camp where he worked as a guard for 10 months.

RFA: How many beds are there in each dormitory?

Officer: There are 10.

RFA: Are they bunkbeds?

Officer: Yes.

RFA: Are there any special rules for when the detainees sleep?

Officer: I don’t know.

RFA: What time do they have to go to sleep?

Officer: We order them to go to sleep at 10 pm.

RFA: If they do not sleep, do you punish them?

Officer: Yes, we order them to stand.

RFA: How do you check if they are sleeping or not?

Officer: There are cameras fixed above the door at approximately two metres high. They point across the room towards the window, so we can monitor the movement of people.

RFA: You mentioned that you order the detainees to carry out self-surveillance, how does that work?

Officer: Two people in the room stand and watch and every hour or every hour and a half. [When their watch ends, they] change with two others.

RFA: When sleeping, if someone talks in their sleep or suddenly sits up or unknowingly moves their arms, what will happen?
Officer: The people watching will tell us what happened.

RFA: Do the watchers have to record what they say in their sleep?
Officer: Yes, if someone speaks in their sleep, we must be informed immediately.

RFA: Do they write down what they have heard?

Officer: Yes, if the words are clear, they tell us exactly what was said. Also if they hear any mumblings which were not clear they inform us.

RFA: Do you know of any incidents where someone admitted something, or revealed another person’s wrongdoing in their sleep?

Officer: Yes, such incidents occurred while I was working there.