Muslim Minority in China's Xinjiang Face 'Political Indoctrination,' Says Human Rights Watch

Muslim Minority in China's Xinjiang Face 'Political Indoctrination,' Says Human Rights Watch

Muslim Minority in China's Xinjiang Face 'Political Indoctrination,' Says Human Rights Watch

Alluding to reports of human rights violations in other regions of China, Bachelet called on Beijing to allow United Nations monitors all across China.

The Trump administration is considering sanctions against Chinese senior officials and companies to punish Beijing's detention of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Uighurs and other minority Muslims in large internment camps, according to current and former American officials, The New York Times writes.

"We have a lot of tools at our disposal".

Around 1 million Uighur Muslims are being held in "political education centers" where detainees are reportedly forced to reject their religious and ethnic identities and are required to recite Chinese laws and policies. The issue became more urgent after U.S. Congress asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to take action. "But I'm not going to get ahead of any potential activity that the U.S. government may take", Nauert said.

Reacting to Bachelet's comments, China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Tuesday that she should "scrupulously abide by the mission and principles of the United Nations charter".

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"I want to say that Xinjiang is enjoying overall social stability, sound economic development, and harmonious co-existence of different ethnic groups", he said at his daily press briefing.

Up to 1 million people, or about 7 percent of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, have now been incarcerated in an expanding network of "political re-education" camps, according to USA officials and United Nations experts.

In the report, HRW documents the increasing government control over the 13 million Muslims living in Xinjiang.

Punishments for refusing to follow instructions in the camp could mean being denied food, being forced to stand for 24 hours or even solitary confinement, it said.

And then on Tuesday, the ministry attacked the UN human rights chief: "the UN Human Rights High Commissioner and her office should abide by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, respect China's sovereignty, fairly and objectively fulfill its duties, and not listen to and believe one-sided information".

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QR codes are now being installed on the homes of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region in northwest China, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Sunday.

In May, Chinese state media said more than a million local Chinese Communist officials were being sent to live with local families in Xinjiang.

But diplomats and activists are raising concerns about the treatment of Chinese Muslims following reports of indoctrination camps in the communist country.

Amid the allegations of systematic abuse by numerous organisations in Xinjiang, the Chinese government insisted that people in China have complete freedom to choose their religion.

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