Former Uyghur Model Reveals Horrific Conditions in Detention Center

August 7, 2020 Updated: August 13, 2020

Merdan Ghappar, 31, used to be a fashion model for Chinese online retailer Taobao. His photo appeared on BBC News earlier this month, but it had nothing to do with his modeling career. Instead, it was video footage of the inhumane conditions he experienced at a detention center where he and other Uyghur Muslims are currently being detained in China’s far western region of Xinjiang.

On Aug. 4, BBC released a video that shows Ghappar detained in a room with his right hand holding the camera, and left hand handcuffed to the metal frame of the bed.