Images of Detainees

The Xinjiang Police Files contain an encrypted archive with images of several thousand persons taken in the first half of 2018 at police stations and detention centers in Konasheher county, Kashgar prefecture – a region in southern Xinjiang that is predominantly inhabited by the Uyghur people. In 2018, these regions were ordered to photograph a substantial share of the population as part of biometric data collection. Each image filename contains a timestamp and the person’s government ID number. These images are free to use for non-commercial purposes but cannot be modified and must be attributed to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and linked to the Xinjiang Police Files website, under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0. For media use inquiries, please contact [email protected].

The Files also contain about 450 spreadsheets from the region that corroborate the identity of the depicted persons. They reveal that in 2018, at least 12.1 percent of all ethnic adults in the county were in detention – including 2,884 of the photographed persons. Among them are 15 minors. The youngest detained person depicted in these images is a 15-year old girl, and the oldest a 73-year old woman. The VOC research team led by Dr. Adrian Zenz analyzed and authenticated the material. [Read related research paper]

Some of these 2,884 persons were probably photographed prior to their detention, others likely during their internment. 

Since these persons are victims, the full set of 2,884 images is made available on this website in original form (automatic contrast/color improvement was applied). Images have been watermarked to prevent manipulation. Image captions show basic available information about internment status. They also show the checksum of each original image file, which can be used to assess whether copies that may be circulating in other public spaces have been manipulated. Original filenames have been truncated for privacy reasons so as to not reveal each person’s full ID number. 

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阿吉尔·阿卜杜如苏力

(Tajir) Abdurusul

Age: 60

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Old Detention Center

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吐尼沙姑力·托合提

Tunsagul Tohti

Age: 50

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Industrial Park

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帕提古丽·托合提

Patigul Tohti

Age: 30

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Detention Facility

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艾孜热提约麦尔·奥布力

Hezritiomer Obul

Age: 22

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: New Internment Camp

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艾力·依地热斯

Eli Idris

Age: 58

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: New Internment Camp

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麦麦提热夏提·麦麦提图尔荪

(Memetreshit) Memettursun

Age: 15

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Industrial city

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热孜瓦尼姑丽·巴吐尔

Rizwangul Batur

Age: 21

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: Industrial Park

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努尔麦麦提•艾散

Nurmemet Hesen

Age: 22

Internment status: Re-education and imprisonment

Location interned: Detention Center

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玉散江·玉苏普

Husenjan Yusup

Age: 36

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Industrial Park

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阿卜杜伊木·艾则孜

Abduyim Eziz

Age: 50

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: Detention Facility

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帕提古丽·拜合提

Patigul Behti

Age: 27

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: Industrial Park

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海热尼姑丽·吾吉

Heyringul Ghuji

Age: 22

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: Vocational Skills Education And Training Center

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亚库普·热合米图拉

Yaqup Rehmitulla

Age: 50

Internment status: Preliminarily sentenced

Location interned: Industrial Park

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麦麦提江·吐尼亚孜

Memetjan Tuniyaz

Age: 45

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: New Internment Camp

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阿依提拉克孜·艾散

(Ayshiqiz) Hesen

Age: 29

Internment status: Imprisonment

Location interned: New Internment Camp

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阿依努尔·克尤穆

Aynur Qeyyum

Age: 28

Internment status: Re-education

Location interned: Industrial Park

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