Saturday, August 11, 2018

China's Secret Re-Education Camps

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in review of human rights in China  voiced "deep concern" over the situation facing Muslim Uighurs in the country. Members of the Uighur community and others Muslims in China have been treated as "enemies of the state" and held in secret camps, a UN anti-discrimination body has said. 

The committee's vice-chairwoman, Gay McDougall, said credible reports suggest that China's approach to combatting religious extremism "has changed the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no rights zone." She also claimed that as many as 2 million more Uighurs in China's Xinjiang autonomous region were being forced into "political camps for indoctrination."  
 .Citing the "arbitrary and mass detention of almost one million Uighurs," committee member Fatima-Binta Victoire Dah asked the Chinese delegation: "What is the level of religious freedom now available to Uighurs in China, what legal protection exists for them to practice their religion?" 

 The Chinese Human Rights Defenders, an activist group, last month reported that 21 percent of all 2017 arrests in China were made in Xinjiang

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