So as you may have heard about the concentration camps in china that are detaining Muslims and destroying their culture. They claim its part of a counter-terrorist effort. With is an obvious lie because these are everyday people living there lives and the government is detaining them just because they go to a mosque or contact people in places like Turkey and Afghanistan. This a violation of human rights but the Chinese government is not releasing anything about the camps. These places have been apart of a crackdown to prevent terrorism. The crackdown has been justified from the 9/11 attacks. Wang Yi the Chinese foreign minister said that the state-led ‘training system’ rescued those who have been eroded by extreme thoughts and eradicated terrorism from its source. Even though a lot of the people in the camps are completely innocent. The Chinese say its an internal issue.
The Uighur activist has documented 500 camps in the Xinjiang area. About one million people ethnic minorities have been detained. As you can imagine this is a big problem. In the camps, some people have reported sexual assault/ abuse according to the council of foreign relationships. They make the people in the camps renounce Islam. They also make them sing praises to communism. Some detainees have contemplated suicide or seen others commit or attempt it. Some people have been tortured and subjected to sleep deprivation. It really is just a messed up situation.
So overall the conditions there are really bad. The actions of the Chinese are very unethical. The US has waged sanctions against senior officials in Xinjiang. Sadly they still say the camps are the same as boarding schools, there not. Some people reports like Schriver say this event is like the actions of the Nazis. Schriver is the assistant secretary of defense. The US has taken some action and is pushing to take more action. Although in the meantime I pray that this issue is resolved.
Story by Garrison Hunt