China could have more than one people detained in what United Nations officials describe as a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.
Many reliable reports have suggested that Muslim and Uighurs minorities in western Xinjiang have been compelled into “political camps for indoctrination”, as per the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
UN officials believe Beijing could be treating ethnic minorities as “enemies of the state”, and Western Xinjiang is an autonomous region of China.
Gay McDougall, Western Xinjiang is an autonomous region of China, reported that members were “deeply concerned” by China’s clampdown on the Turkic Muslim and Uighurs people. She further added that “(China) has turned the Uighur autonomous region into something that resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.
Uighurs have been beleaguered in a security and surveillance crusade that has sent thousands into proselytization and detention centers, suggested the monitoring groups. But Ms. McDougall believes that the number could be much higher than what is anticipated.
As per Ms. McDougall, “There are estimates that upwards of a million people are being held in so-called counter-extremism centers and another 2 million have been forced into so-called re-education camps for political and cultural indoctrination.”
The staggering allegations came from copious sources, as said by Reuters, taking account of the activist group, Chinese Human Rights Defenders, whose most current report disclosed 21% of arrests documented in China were made in Xinjiang.
China’s central government has caged the autonomies of the people living in the region over the years. Furthermore, Beijing is infamous for having imprisoned many well-known Uighurs, whereas the others that were accused of terrorism have sought refuge abroad.
The Chinese government is thought to be using ongoing unrest as a justification for repression while around 200 people died during ethnic riots in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, in 2009.
The U.S. mission took on Twitter to criticize China over their inhuman actions, expressing it was “deeply troubled”.
The US mission tweeted, “We call on China to end their counter-productive policies and free all of those who have been arbitrarily detained”.
Earlier this year, Almas Nizamidin, who fled Xinjiang in 2009, told the ABC, when he returned to find his wife who had been abducted from her home, the capital Urumqi “looked like an occupation”.
Mr. Nizamidin told the ABC, “There were lines of tanks on the streets, and a police blockhouse every 100 meters where police officers scan people’s IDs and the contents of their phones”. Several policemen detained his wife on no legal grounds, however, later she was in prison at the mere age of 25 years, and two months pregnant.
In 2009, when Rebiya Kadeer, a prominent Uighur, was granted a visa by the Australian Government, Beijing condemned Canberra in 2009.
The Chinese Government accused Kadeer of being a terrorist, and strongly opposed her visit, while she lives in exile in America.
Canberra vehemently responded by saying that they had no reason to believe she was associated with any kind of terrorist activity.
Yu Jianhua, China’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva, said earlier that the government hoped to achieve equality and solidarity among all ethnic groups. As the review is set to continue on Monday, the Chinese delegation of around 50 officials decided to keep mum on the UN committee’s assertions.