China claims most Muslim detainees have left Xinjiang re-education camps and returned to society
Leaked Documents Give Chilling Look Inside Chinese Muslim Detention Camps | NBC Nightly News
Vocational Education and Training Centers, commonly known as re-education camps, are internment camps that have been operated by the People's Republic of China Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regional government for the purpose of interning Uyghur Muslims since 2014. They have significantly intensified since a hardline party secretary, Chen Quanguo, took charge of the region in August 2016. These camps are reportedly operated outside of the legal system; many Uyghurs have been interned without trial and no charges have been levied against them. Local authorities are reportedly holding hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs and Muslims from other ethnic minorities in these camps, for the stated purpose of countering extremism and terrorism.