China Holding Muslims in Detention Camps

Uighurs in Turkey protesting against Chinas mistreatment and oppression of Muslim Uighurs living in Xinjiang, China (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici)

Uighurs in Turkey protesting against Chinas mistreatment and oppression of Muslim Uighurs living in Xinjiang, China (AP photo by Burhan Ozbilici)

Riley Minor, Contributer

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In Xinjian, China, many Uighur Muslims are being detained by the Chinese government.

Other countries’ leaders that are aware of this are mostly silent for fear of risking financial ties with China. The leader of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also silent about the detention camps despite running a mainly Muslim country.

Over one million Turkic Muslims in China have been put into these camps, and over the last two years China has had systematic surveillance and several detention camps built. China says these camps were built to remove the threat or risk of Islamic radicalism and to keep them from opposing the government.

The detainees are forced to embrace the ideals of the communist party and give up their religious beliefs.

Bejing claims that these detention camps are boarding schools and the people are there on their own call (The New York Times).

“There has not been a single case of violent terrorism in the past three years,” Wang Yi, a state councilor and foreign minister of China, said at an event on the sidelines of the UN summit (The New York Times).

The Chinese government also stated that the number of detainees in the detention camps has gone down, but reporters from The New York Times discovered many still operating and even expanding camps. Some newer factories are built near places that hold detained Muslims in which the government deems “reformed,” (The New York Times).

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