Authorities have since 2017 also been sending men to live with Uighur women, many of whose husbands had been sent to prison camps
Alexandra Ma | Nov. 4, 2019
Since 2017, China has run a “Pair Up and Become Family” program in Xinjiang, in which Communist Party officials who are Han Chinese — the ethnic group that makes up most of China’s population — stay in Uighur homes. The program is to “promote ethnic unity,” according officials, but also lets the government keep a close eye on them.
Those officials, who are mostly men, typically stay for up to six days a week at each Uighur household, many of which have male family members in detention, RFA cited an anonymous Communist Party official in Kashgar city as saying. The Han Chinese officials — who are called “relatives” even though they are not family — visit Kashgar every two months and work and eat with Uighur families, as well as discuss Communist Party political ideology.
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