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Author Sauytbay, Sayragul, author.

Title Chief witness : escape from China's modern-day concentration camps / Sayragul Sauytbay, Alexandra Cavelius ; translated by Caroline Waight.

Publication Info. London : Scribe Publications, 2021.


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 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  305.894 SAUYTBAY    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  305.984 SAUYTBAY    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  305.8943 SAUYTBAY    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  305.8943 SAUYTBAY    Check Shelf
Description 308 pages, 8 unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Note "First published in German in 2020 by Europa Verlag as Die Kronzeugin"--Title page verso.
Summary "Born in China's north-western province, Sayragul Sauytbay trained as a doctor before being appointed a senior civil servant. But her life was upended when the Chinese authorities incarcerated her. Her crime: being Kazakh, one of China's ethnic minorities. The north-western province borders the largest number of foreign nations and is the point in China that is closest to Europe. In recent years it has become home to over 1,200 penal camps--modern-day gulags that are estimated to house three million members of the Kazakh and Uyghur minorities. Imprisoned solely due to their ethnicity, inmates are subjected to relentless punishment and torture, including being beaten, raped, and used as subjects for medical experiments. The camps represent the greatest systematic incarceration of an entire people since the Third Reich. In prison, Sauytbay was put to work teaching Chinese language, culture, and politics, in the course of which she gained access to secret information that revealed Beijing's long-term plans to undermine not only its minorities, but democracies around the world. Upon her escape to Europe she was reunited with her family, but still lives under constant threat of reprisal. This rare testimony from the biggest surveillance state in the world reveals not only the full, frightening scope of China's tyrannical ambitions, but also the resilience and courage of its author"--Back cover.
Subject Sauytbay, Sayragul.
Kazakhs -- China -- Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu -- Social conditions.
Ethnic conflict -- China -- Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu.
Uighur (Turkic people) -- China -- Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu.
Xinjiang Uygur Zizhiqu (China)
Added Author Cavelius, Alexandra, author.
Waight, Caroline, translator.
Added Title Kronzeugin. English
ISBN 9781950354528 paperback
1950354520 paperback
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