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Adrian Zenz

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Adrian Zenz (born 1974) is a German anthropologist and sinologist known for his studies of the Xinjiang re-education camps. He is a lecturer in social research methodology at the Evangelical theological institution Akademie fur Weltmission and a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.


Zenz is a born-again Christian, and has stated that he feels "led by God" in his research on Chinese minority groups. He co-authored a book in 2012 with his father-in-law, Marlon L. Sias, titled "Worthy to Escape: Why All Believers Will Not Be Raptured Before the Tribulation".

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Xinjiang | Alleged concentration camps

The Karakax List: Dissecting the Anatomy of Beijing’s Internment Drive in Xinjiang The “Karakax List”, named after the county of Karakax (Qaraqash) in Hotan Prefecture, represents the most recent leaked government document from Xinjiang. Over 137 pages, 667 data rows and the personal details of over 3,000 Uyghurs, this remarkable document presents the strongest evidence to date that Beijing is actively persecuting and punishing normal practices of traditional religious beliefs, in direct violation of its own constitution.

17 Feb 2020

Thoroughly reforming them towards a healthy heart attitude: China`s political re-education campaign in Xinjiang Zenz describes this as:
Since spring 2017, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China has witnessed the emergence of an unprecedented re-education campaign. According to media and informant reports, untold thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslims have been and are being detained in clandestine political re-education facilities, with major implications for society, local economies and ethnic relations.

Considering that the Chinese state is currently denying the very existence of these facilities, this paper investigates publicly available evidence from official sources, including government websites, media reports and other Chinese internet sources.

First, it briefly charts the history and present context of political re-education. Second, it looks at the recent evolution of re-education in Xinjiang in the context of `de-extremification` work. Finally, it evaluates detailed empirical evidence pertaining to the present re-education drive. With Xinjiang as the `core hub` of the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing appears determined to pursue a definitive solution to the Uyghur question.

Claims regarding Xinjiang re-education centres based on media and personal testimony of Uyghur activists.

05 Sep 2018

Xinjiang | Alleged slave forced labour

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