Geolocating Growth of Suspect "Boarding" Facilities in Xinjiang China

Published in: Tearline website (2020)

Posted on RAND.org on July 14, 2020

by Katherine Pfrommer, Edmund J. Burke

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RAND has identified 55 facilities suspected of housing young children the construction of which coincided with a publicly stated policy to build "boarding schools" in Xinjiang. Western researchers and press allege that Xinjiang authorities are using repurposed and newly built schools to board Uyghur youth as part of a policy of intergenerational separation.

This second methodology report can help other researchers identify facilities that could be used to house children of detained Muslim minority groups, through the analysis of satellite imagery correlated with other sources. Other researchers can view this analysis in 3rd-party tools such as Google Earth or ESRI systems.

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