Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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

Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. China's northwestern region of Xinjiang has revised legislation to allow the detention of suspected extremists China launches anti-halal campaign in Xinjiang
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.

Thierry Henry: Monaco set to appoint Arsenal legend after sacking Leonardo Jardim
In a club statement , Jardim applauded the Ligue 1 campaigners, in his four year stay with them. Thierry Henry has reportedly rejected Aston Villa .

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.

Recommended

WhatsApp says it has fixed video call security bug WhatsApp says it has fixed video call security bug As per the company, they have now fully fixed the bug issue, and they have given the details about it in the public domain. We routinely engage with security researchers from around the world to ensure WhatsApp remains safe and reliable.

Michael Bloomberg Registers As Democrat As He Mulls 2020 Presidential Bid Michael Bloomberg Registers As Democrat As He Mulls 2020 Presidential Bid Among his personal projects of interest is gun control, one of the most contentious issues in the United States. The idea now, of course, is that Bloomberg will run for president in 2020, and that he'll do so as a Democrat.

Man divorces cheating wife spotted on Google Maps Man divorces cheating wife spotted on Google Maps That meant that not only had she committed adultery, but it had happened five years ago and had remained a secret ever since. The photograph is one of a long line of unintentionally freakish images taken for Google Maps and Google Street View.

Orthodox Church to move forward with Ukrainian independence Orthodox Church to move forward with Ukrainian independence Since the late 1600s, the church in Ukraine has been formally under the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church. Moscow-loyal church representatives can attend if they desire, he said.

Liv Tyler, Robbie Williams among royal wedding celebrity guests Liv Tyler, Robbie Williams among royal wedding celebrity guests The lavish ceremony echoed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding just five months ago in the same location. The duchess turned to her wedding designer to see Princess Eugenie tie the knot.

State of emergency declared ahead of Michael's arrival in Virginia State of emergency declared ahead of Michael's arrival in Virginia Ahead of the storm's arrival, Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of its potential impacts. In Iredell County, one person was killed from Michael on Thursday afternoon when a tree fell on a Ford sedan.

Read Leonard Cohen’s Poem "Kanye West Is Not Picasso" Read Leonard Cohen’s Poem Johnson describes the book's tone and selections as seeming to "reflect the nearly giddy vertigo of an artist standing at the brink of death".

Financial Times reports: UK PM Theresa May says Brexit deal is close Financial Times reports: UK PM Theresa May says Brexit deal is close This, however, would raise the prospect of increased regulation checks between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. A negotiated Brexit , and Theresa May's survival, hinge on whether her ministers and MPs can live with this paradox.

James Murdoch steps down from Sky board after Comcast completes takeover James Murdoch steps down from Sky board after Comcast completes takeover Walt Disney Co ( NYSE:DIS ), which has agreed to acquire the entertainment assets of Fox, consented to the sale . That remains to be seen but Team Sky are certainly thinking and acting long-term.

Cardi B, Young Thug, Post Malone, Migos & XXXTentacion Win American Music Awards Cardi B, Young Thug, Post Malone, Migos & XXXTentacion Win American Music Awards Migos were acknowledged as the favourite duo in the Pop/Rock category, while Mendes won the Adult Contemporary Artist. Hudgens made the smart move of keeping her accessories simple, allowing her dress to take center stage.

'Horrendous. Catastrophic': Menacing Michael Leaves Florida Devastated, Heads for Carolinas 'Horrendous. Catastrophic': Menacing Michael Leaves Florida Devastated, Heads for Carolinas The 11-year-old girl died after the strong winds swept up a metal carport and blew it into her home, hitting her on the head. There's no water, no power and emergency officials have no access to many towns from the Florida Panhandle to Virginia .

Arrested US student fights entry ban at Israeli court Arrested US student fights entry ban at Israeli court Embassy in Jerusalem told ABC News Wednesday that American consular officials had visited Alqasem in detention a couple of times . Israel enacted a law previous year banning entry for any foreigner who "knowingly issues a public call for boycotting Israel".

Mental health appointment applauded by charity Mental health appointment applauded by charity Heather said, she stopped attending, even though her doctor had recommended six more months of therapy. Mrs May is quoted as saying: "We can end the stigma that has forced too many to suffer in silence ".

Astronauts survive fall to Earth Astronauts survive fall to Earth At that point only gravity was in control, and rescue teams in helicopters raced to where they thought the capsule would land. Hague and Ovchinin would have joined the station's current crew, which includes American astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor.

Bolt scored first goals in professional football Bolt scored first goals in professional football The first goal saw him shrug off a defender and fire a low left-footed shot under the keeper, who should have done better with the effort.