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A United Nations report has declared China is holding upwards of one million Islamic citizens in concentration camps for ‘re-education’. Even foreign citizens are suspected of being interned in the camps.
A UN human rights committee has heard there are credible reports that China is holding a million Uighurs in “counter-extremism centres”.
Gay McDougall, a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, raised the claims at a two-day UN meeting on China.
She said she was concerned by reports that Beijing had “turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp”, reported the BBC.
“We are deeply concerned at the many numerous and credible reports that we have received that in the name of combating religious extremism and maintaining social stability [in China] has changed the [Uyghur] autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internship camp that is shrouded in secrecy, a sort of ‘no rights zone,'” she said. Most of the detained Uyghurs and Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang autonomous region have never been properly charged with a crime or tried in court, she added.
In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying stated that, “everyone can see that people of all ethnicities in Xinjiang live and work in peace and contentment and enjoy peaceful and progressing lives”.
China has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority and the ethnic Han Chinese majority, reported RFERL.