fredag 30. april 2021

China Expands Disinformation Campaign to Undermine International Xinjiang Outcry

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is stepping up an international disinformation campaign surrounding the mass detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in "re-education camps," as world governments accuse Beijing of genocide. Authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast network of internment camps since early 2017.

After denying the camps' existence initially, China in 2019 changed tack and began describing the facilities as residential training centers that provide vocational training for Uyghurs, discourage radicalization, and help protect the country from terrorism. But reporting by RFA and other media outlets indicate that those in the camps are detained against their will and subjected to political indoctrination, routinely face rough treatment at the hands of their overseers and endure poor diets and unhygienic conditions in the often-overcrowded facilities.

Former detainees have also described being subjected to torture, rape, sterilization, and other abuses while in custody.