- May 12, 2019
Observers say the facility may be used to cover up wrongful deaths in the camps.
In a context in which many Uyghurs in exile have their parents and siblings confined to the camps and cannot help them, some say relatives died in the camps for no reason, but their bodies were not returned home.
Ethan Gutmann, another fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, told RFA he estimates anywhere from five to 10 percent of detainees have died each year in the camps and that the location of a crematorium near the camps outside of Aksu suggests authorities may be cremating the bodies of Uyghurs who have been subjected to torture during interrogations to hide evidence.
“My view is that this was a big mistake for them to put these things in a close location to each other, because it cements what we've been suspecting,” he said.
“Normal deaths in the camp are not dealt with by the cremation center.”
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