Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Muslim minority in China's Xinjiang face "political indoctrination" - Human Rights Watch

Muslim minority in China's Xinjiang face

The United Nations human rights boss Michelle Bachelet called on China on Monday to allow monitors into the country following "deeply disturbing" allegations of large re-education camps in which Uighurs are detained in far western Xinjiang province.

The New York Times reports the sanctions would be against Chinese senior officials and some companies for violating human rights. "We have a lot of tools at our disposal", she said.

Multiple reports claim that at least one million Uighurs and other members of Muslim minority groups in the country's northwest have been detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the Communist Party.

Nauert acknowledged that the State Department had received a letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers at the end of August asking Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to impose sanctions on a number of Chinese officials accused of overseeing the policies. "It's the old standard line on sanctions, that we're not going to preview any sanctions that may or may not happen".

Geng Shuang, China's foreign ministry spokesman, said that the government is trying to "promote stability, development, unity and livelihoods" while ending "ethnic separatism and violent terrorist criminal activities".

Xinjiang is home to over half of China's 24 million Muslims.

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Beijing has denied that such camps are for "political education" and says they are instead vocational training centers, part of government initiatives to bolster economic growth and social mobility in the region.

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In the camps, the report alleged detainees were forced to repeat slogans praising the Chinese Communist Party and President Xi Jinping, as well as singing patriotic songs.

She called on Beijing to permit the United Nations rights office access to "all regions" of China and embark on a discussion of the issues.

The region has become one of themost intrusive police states in the world, and government surveillance of Muslim Uighurs permeates nearly every aspect of their lives, from an expansive network of facial-recognition cameras which monitor their daily activity, to policecollecting DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types to keep a database of all its residents.

According to a 117-page report published over the weekend, the Chinese government conducted "mass arbitrary detention, torture and mistreatment" of Uighur Turks in the region.

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