Trapped in XinJiang

The Chinese government has been quietly increasing the crackdown in XinJiang, but the most recent measure is drawing at least domestic attention. The government is now requiring that all 11 million Uighurs in the province (including those who now live in other parts of China, but not non-Uighurs in XinJiang) to turn in their passports. This has been done on a smaller scale before, but now is in effect for the entire province. To be allowed to travel, petitioners must submit large amounts of personal information to the local police stations in the hopes of getting their passports back. This is now an ever-more tightly trapped population in Western China.

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