China says pace of Xinjiang ‘education’ will slow, but defends camps

20190106t104026z_1_lynxnpef0509s_rtroptp_4_chinaxinjiangSource: Reuters

BY Ben Blanchard

Beijing has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N. rights experts over what they call mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups who call Xinjiang home.

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

Last week, the government organized a visit to three such facilities, which it calls vocational education training centers, for a small group of foreign reporters, including Reuters.

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