- Extremism charges were being issued on a "flimsy legal basis" in Xinjiang for "offenses that shouldn't even qualify as offenses," said Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University who specializes in Chinese law.
- While authorities reportedly detained 1,046 clerics at some point, the punishments reflect the harsh nature of Xinjiang justice: 96% sentenced to at least five years and 26% to 20 years or more, including 14 life sentences.
- Targeting the Turkic ethnic groups in north-western China is not a new phenomenon. Muslim minorities suffered long periods of repression between the 1950s and 1970s when Qurans were burned, mosques and cemeteries desecrated, and traditional dress and hairstyles prohibited.
- According to Chinese government data, criminal arrests in Xinjiang accounted for 21% of the country's total in 2017, despite the region having about 1.5% of the population.
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