In China, in 2018, concentration camps are not a thing of the past, they are alive and kicking and millions of people, mostly belonging to the ethnic Uyghurs minority are being held in them and being forced to undergo "reeductaion", or state sponsored brainwashing and indoctrination, which is often accompanied by physical abuses and even torture.
Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have submitted reports to the UN committee documenting claims of mass imprisonment, in camps where inmates are forced to swear loyalty to China's President Xi Jinping.
Most of the peole who are in those camps belong to the Uyghur minority group which is currently being persecuted relentlessly by the Chinese Communist authorities.
The Chinese Communist Party is currently waging a war against the Uyghur people, their religion and ethnic identity, the same type of war that China is waging in Tibet against the Tibetan people and their religion and ethnic identity.
On friday, a United Nations human rights panel said that it had received many credible reports that at least 1 million ethnic Uighurs in China are held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy.”
The World Uyghur Congress said in its report that detainees are held indefinitely without charge, and forced to shout Communist Party slogans.
Uyghurs in exile, rallying in Brussels on April 27, 2018
The camp inmates are poorly fed, and reports of torture are widespread. Most inmates have never been charged with an actuall crime and do not receive legal representation.
Those detained in the camps have regularly been subjected to acts of torture including food deprivation, solitary confinement, the use of a “tiger chair,” a device that clamped down on the victims wrists and ankles and being hung by their wrists against a barred wall.
People spend their days in the camp, when not being tortured, singing and repeating out loud propaganda songs such as “Without the Communist Party, There Would Be No New China,” and other Communist propaganda slogans and phrases.
Before meals of vegetable soup and buns, the inmates would be ordered to chant: “Thank the Party! Thank the Motherland! Thank President Xi!”. Those who refused to chant would be subjected to further punishment.
Gay McDougall, a member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, cited estimates that 2 million Uyghurs and othe Chinese minorities were forced into “political camps for indoctrination” in the western Xinjiang autonomous region.
She said she was concerned by reports that Beijing had "turned the Uyghur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp".
China of course has denied the existence of such camps. Just like it denies the practice of organ harvesting of political prisoners, persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, the Tiananmen square massacres, mistreatment of Tibetans, etc... etc...