The allegations of abuses against the Uighurs, a Chinese Muslim minority were defined as a “crime against humanity” by the British weekly magazine “The Economist”, in an editorial in last Saturday's edition (17).
Persecution is the most serious example of what the British newspaper calls the “world attack on human rights”.
While Beijing denies the use of "detention camps" as prisons in Xinjiang, there is mounting evidence of abuse on China's minority of 12 million Turkish-speaking Muslims.
Recent investigations identify “erased” structures in geolocation applications and at least 380 new fields in Xinjiang Province since 2017.
Victims have reported abuses in these places, including forced birth control measures against the Uighur population. The Xinjiang government, controlled by the Chinese central administration, denies forced sterilization.
According to witnesses, the detained Uighurs are trained to supposedly “renounce extremism” – in other words, the Muslim religion.
“One witness reported that guards ask prisoners if there is a God and hit whoever confirms it,” says material published by The Economist. “The fields are just part of a vast system of social control“.
In 2014, a small fraction of Uighurs carried out a terrorist bombing attack on a market in Xinjiang. At the time, 43 people died. As a result, the Chinese government would have imposed indoctrination sessions on the entire population.