Key Documents

Among the key evidence contained in the Xinjiang Police Files, two sets of documents stand out in particular. First, three speeches by leading officials speak of Beijing’s close knowledge of and direct involvement in the mass internment drive. They show that the leadership demanded security forces to open fire on persons seeking to escape detention, or on those who dared to resist the state. Second, a set of security directives for re-education camp police outlines how the camps are guarded by special police units armed with military assault rifles and sniper guns. They state that detainees are to be transported wearing handcuffs, shackles, and hoods, and are to be guarded by police. 

The English translations are digitally-signed PDFs. The Chinese versions are provided in their original form (Word and RTF documents; see further note below).1 Unlike PDFs, they do not have the original fonts embedded, but will open on your computer with Chinese fonts that are preinstalled on your system. Please note that downloaded files will show a “modified” date/time that corresponds to when you downloaded them. In order to allow users to verify whether files are the originals provided on this page, a sha1sum for each original file is available here.

This speech by the PRC civil government’s highest ranking security official details his observations during an inspection assessing the state of Xinjiang’s security situation. Zhao Kezhi says that the security regime in Xinjiang has been a major success, having achieved the objectives laid out by the central leadership in Beijing.

In this speech delivered at the beginning of Ramadan, Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo sends the message that more intrusive security measures will need to be rolled out during the holy month.

In this June 2018 speech, Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo makes clear that the security measures in Xinjiang are carried out under the direction of the central government.

This document outlines the organization of police stations and security forces in a Konasheher re-education camp, including the use of special armed police units and strike groups.

This step-by-step plan instructs security forces on preventing escape attempts during detainee outdoor activities. Camp police are to stop escapes through warning shots and are then instructed to open fire.

This police instruction manual contains trial guidelines for regulating detainee calls to family members. Detainees are allowed one call every ten days, under strict regulations, monitoring, and security constraints.

Describes the procedures by which new camp detainees are to be registered, subjected to body searches, examinations and interrogations.

This document details the process an internee has to go through if they are seeking medical treatment. Detainees must receive approval by camp officials and be accompanied by several police officers and wear restraints while outside of the camp.

Security staff and detainee overview for the Shufu County Industrial park Vocational Skills and Education Training Center (Sep. 17 – Sep. 23, 2018)

Security Plan for the transfer of 505 re-education camp detainees using police guards, mandating detainees to be cuffed, shackled and hooded during the transfer.

1: When first published, some of the documents contained metadata from Adrian Zenz and Mishel Kondi, who were involved in review and translation. Some files were also accidentally saved by a Uyghur who helped transliterate Chinese names. None of these documents contained edits to the file contents. They have since been replaced with the originals. We apologize for any confusion caused. The file titled “疏附县工业城职业技能教育培训中心安保科-9月17日-9月23日工作数据汇总.docx” was obtained by the anonymous third party through decryption. It therefore shows a file creation date from December 2021 (the original file was created before that, which explains why Word shows that the file was printed in August 2018).