Scholars condemn China for mass detention of Muslim Uighurs

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Countries must hit China with sanctions over the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs, hundreds of scholars said on Monday, warning that a failure to act would signal acceptance of “psychological torture of innocent civilians”.

FILE PHOTO: Paramilitary policemen gesture to stop a photographer from taking pictures as they stand guard after explosives attack hit downtown Urumqi on Thursday, in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

FILE PHOTO: Paramilitary policemen gesture to stop a photographer from taking pictures as they stand guard after an explosives attack hit downtown Urumqi in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/File Photo

Beijing has in recent months faced an outcry from activists, academics and foreign governments over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the Muslim Uighur minority and other ethnic groups in the restive western region of Xinjiang.

In August, a U.N. human rights panel said it had received many credible reports that a million or more Uighurs and other minorities are being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy” in the region.

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