In its far western region of Xinjiang, China has put In China an estimated one and a half million people behind wire fences, a move that some human rights activists have branded as “concentration-camps”. China says it’s fighting separatism and religious extremism among Uighurs, a Muslim ethnic group. ITV is reporting that the Muslim Uighurs “crime is their refusal to denounce their religion.”
The Chinese government has constructed a number of mass detention centers across Xinjiang, in which it has detained anywhere from several hundred thousand to possibly a million Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other Muslim minorities. They have done all this under the pretext of fighting the “three evil forces” in Xinjiang of terrorism, extremism, and separatism.
Xi’s government has recently made a dramatic shift in its policy on the camps. They used to deny the existence of the camps, now the government is showing them off. Muslim Uighurs have been a problem for Beijing for decades.
Muslim countries around the world have clamoured to denounce what is occurring. The European Union and its member states have taken note and it is reported that European lawmakers have called for sanctions against human-rights abusers in China.
A group of EU parliamentarians published a new draft resolution urging Beijing to stop its persecution of Uyghur and Kazakh minorities, Falun Gong adherents, Tibetans, and Christians.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) runs right though the Uighurs homeland, who have been giving China major security issues.
It is reported that in interviews by many media outlets multiple detainees from inside the camps say “I want to say that I am here voluntarily”.
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