Since the spring of 2017, China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has seen a drastic rise in the mass incarcerations of its ethnic minority citizens – most notably, the Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Hui – with hundreds of thousands, if not millions, being locked up in de facto concentration camps, given severe prison terms, or kept in notoriously inhumane police custody. Outside of these forms of hard detention, many have had their documents confiscated and movement restricted, with considerable numbers assigned forced work/labor. Many more are simply missing or disappeared. Children with detained parents have also been placed in difficult circumstances, with some taken away to boarding schools / orphanages.
The goal of this database consists in documenting the aforementioned individuals, so as to both protect them now and hold the Chinese authorities accountable later, by creating the foundations for future legal action and reparations.