A leak of Chinese government documents reveal that since 2016, Chinese government have been targeting Uighur Muslims of the Zapya app, as part of their crackdown against the Muslim Uighur population, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported.
The Zapya app is known in Chinese as Kuai Ya (fast tooth).
The leaked documents revealed that the Chinese government’s surveillance flagged about 1.8 million users with the app on their phones for investigation as part of the anti Uyghur programs.
Zapya is a peer-to-peer file sharing app. Developed by DewMobile Inc., the app allows users to send images, videos and document files directly from one smartphone to another without being connected to the web.
Muslims worldwide have been using the app to download the Quran and share religious teachings with friends and relatives.
Chinese government officials instructed to locate and arrest people described as “violent terrorists and extremist elements who used the ‘Zapya’ software to spread audio and video with violent terroristic characteristics,” the leaked report revealed.
The Leaked documents detail for the first time China’s brutal assault and systematic brainwashing of millions of Muslims in their concentration camps.
The secret documents came to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists via a chain of exiled Uighurs.
The 403 pages document show how Uighur Muslims are locked up, brainwashed, mentally and physically harassed and punished.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is an independent, Washington, D.C.-based international network.
Chinese authorities have been detaining more than a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in highly security prisons across Xinjiang, which is home to nearly 11 million Uighurs.
The documents include a nine-page memo sent out in 2017 by Zhu Hailun, the main leader of Xinjiang’s Communist Party to those who run the camps, BBC reported.
The memo includes orders to:
- “Never allow escapes”
- “Increase discipline and punishment of behavioural violations”
- “Promote repentance and confession”
- “Make remedial Mandarin studies the top priority”
- “Encourage students to truly transform”
- “[Ensure] full video surveillance coverage of dormitories and classrooms free of blind spots”