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Four Corners: Tell the World
Tell the World
ABC  |  July 15, 2019

It's a remote corner of the world, but what is taking place there is nothing short of breathtaking.

Xinjiang province is a vast area of deserts and mountains where the ancient Silk Road once ran. Today its Uyghur population is being systematically rounded up with estimates of as many as a million citizens being held in detention.

But even those still left in their homes are being monitored using cutting edge technology, mass surveillance tools and artificial intelligence systems - with concerning evidence about Australia's links to China's dystopian surveillance state and the tools being used to racially profile its own citizens.

The events unfolding in China are creating heartbreak for Uyghurs in Australia. They have stayed quiet for fear of provoking the authorities into punishing their relatives. Now, in desperation they are breaking their silence to tell the world what is going on.

It's a remote corner of the world, but what is taking place there is nothing short of breathtaking.

Xinjiang province is a vast area of deserts and mountains where the ancient Silk Road once ran. Today its Uyghur population is being systematically rounded up with estimates of as many as a million citizens being held in detention.

But even those still left in their homes are being monitored using cutting edge technology, mass surveillance tools and artificial intelligence systems - with concerning evidence about Australia's links to China's dystopian surveillance state and the tools being used to racially profile its own citizens.

The events unfolding in China are creating heartbreak for Uyghurs in Australia. They have stayed quiet for fear of provoking the authorities into punishing their relatives. Now, in desperation they are breaking their silence to tell the world what is going on.

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