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‘Muslim minority in China face political indoctrination’

14 September 2018

As Alexander Lukin, director of the East Asian and the SCO Studies Center of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, said in an interview with Vestnik Kavkaza, the USA doesn't care about minorities - they use Muslim theme as an excuse to put more pressure on China.

However, the New York Times report said discussions about how to deal with China over the abuses by White House, Treasury, and State Department officials, had been underway for months.

"China consistently resolutely opposes the United States using Xinjiang-related issues to interfere in China's internal affairs", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily news briefing.

But he said that various ethnic groups in the region have a common desire for social stability, and that the Chinese government guarantees freedom of faith based on law.

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Nauert's comments follow the release of a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday detailing allegations of indefinite, arbitrary detention.

They are also forced to learn Mandarin and sing praises of the Chinese Communist Party, according to the report.

A police patrol walk in front of the Id Kah Mosque in the old city of Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, March 22, 2017. Although Beijing has denied the allegations, Xinjiang authorities have acknowledged the existence of "political education camps" and "characterize them as correctional or rehabilitation facilities for "incorrect" or "sick" thoughts", HRW writes.

On Monday, the new United Nations Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet became the latest high profile worldwide figure to speak out against alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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Bachelet called for a thorough investigation of the deaths of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and said that a pattern of abuses continues in the border region of Myanmar to this day.

For decades, the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang were the target of the Chinese government's surveillance and suppression.

Last month, a United Nations human rights panel held a two-day session on China's policies in Xinjiang, and raised alarm over "credible reports" of that China had turned Xinjiang into "something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no-rights zone".

The region has become one of themost intrusive police states in the world, and government surveillance of Muslim Uighurs permeates nearly every aspect of their lives, from an expansive network of facial-recognition cameras which monitor their daily activity, to policecollecting DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types to keep a database of all its residents.

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As many as 13 million Muslims living in the region are increasingly subjected to mass arbitrary detention, torture and mistreatment by the Chinese government, the report noted.

‘Muslim minority in China face political indoctrination’