Alexandra Ma 24h
China’s Muslim minority, the Uighurs, are subject to harsh surveillance, with many interned in prison-like detention camps and forced to work.
Beijing justifies this crackdown as a counterterrorism measure, and calls the internment camps “free vocational training.”
Countries in the Muslim world have largely avoided confronting Beijing over this crackdown in the past, but the tide is turning.
More and more Muslim countries are openly calling out China over its human rights record.
Human Rights Watch’s China director says the next step is for the countries to take action to persuade or punish Beijing.
More and more countries are standing up to China over its oppression of the Uighurs, the country’s majority-Muslim ethnic minority.
Beijing is accused of interning up to 1 million Uighurs in prison-like detention camps, forcing them to renounce their religion and native language, and even pushing them into forced labor with little to no pay.
Activists have found evidence of Chinese authorities tracking Uighurs’ cellphone activity in their home region of Xinjiang, also known as East Turkestan.
Others say Beijing has demanded the Uighur diaspora hand over personal information, and threatened their families if they do not.