Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

China Legalises 'Re-education' Camps for its Uighur Population

Beijing denies it is systematically violating rights of Xinjiang’s Muslims Beijing denies it is systematically violating rights of Xinjiang’s Muslims
Steven Clarke | 12 October, 2018, 21:52

Rights groups say detainees are made to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticise or renounce their faith.

Reports of mass detentions and strict surveillance of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in China have sparked a growing global outcry, and prompted the United States to consider sanctions.

China's far-western Xinjiang region has revised its legislation to allow local governments to "educate and transform" people influenced by extremism through "vocational training centres" - a term used by the government to describe a regional network of extrajudicial internment centres known as "re-education camps".

USA lawmakers on Wednesday called for a stronger response to the Chinese government's repression of Muslims in China's far west and asked the FBI to investigate claims of intimidation against some immigrant communities in the United States.

Beijing has in recent years launched a security crackdown in Xinjiang against what it calls separatist elements, and a United Nations report has cited estimates that up to one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are held in extra-judicial, political re-education camps. China accuses Islamist militants and separatists of orchestrating the trouble.

The secretive inmate transfers began earlier this year, according to a Radio Free Asia report, but reports of Beijing requisitioning the Xinjiang train station has observers concerned the operation is ramping up.

However, besides teaching the Mandarin language and providing vocational skills, the centers are now directed to provide "ideological education, psychological rehabilitation and behavior correction" under the new clause.

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Muslims pray at a mosque during Ramadan in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, July 6, 2015.

"The amended PRC "Population and Family Planning Law" and provincial-level regulations continued to limit couples' freedom to build their families as they see fit and include provisions that require couples to be married to have children and limit them to bearing two children", the report states. "Because the West has failed in doing so, in dealing with religious Islamic extremism".

The region's anti-extremism laws have been in force since April past year, and also ban Muslim men and women from growing "abnormal" beards or wearing veils in public.

Tuesday's announcement came a day after local leaders in Urumqi, capital of Xinjiang, announced the beginning of an anti-halal campaign. Former political prisoner and ethnic Uyghur Rebiya Kadeer, who fled China in 2005 after securing a "compassionate release" from prison, was among audience members Rubio and Smith said had been personally and tragically affected by China's oppression.

The Uighurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims who make up about half of Xinjiang's 22 million-strong population. It is estimated that up to one million Muslims are being held in these camps for "re-education".

Beijing has spent decades trying to suppress pro-independence sentiment in Xinjiang fueled in part by frustration about an influx of migrants from China's Han majority.

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