On a cold Melbourne afternoon in June this year, 34-year-old Gulnur Idreis’s phone started to ring. It was a video call coming from her elderly parents in Xinjiang, China. Any contact with them was precious.
- New evidence that China is funnelling Uyghurs from re-education camps into factory work
- Major fashion retailers are now investigating whether their suppliers use forced labour
- Women have spoken out about being forced to work in factories making clothes and gloves
Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the past two years living through a dystopian nightmare.
In early 2017, the Communist Party began a new incarceration campaign, rounding up, detaining and forcibly indoctrinating Uyghurs and other Muslim minority ethnic groups in the far-western region. Islam has effectively been outlawed in the far-western region, with people routinely labelled as extremists and imprisoned for practising their religion.