China 'legalises' Muslim prison camps in Xinjiang region

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 11, 2018

Amid sustained worldwide criticism, Chinese authorities have revised legislation to allow the regional government to officially permit the use of "education and training centres" to incarcerate "people influenced by extremism".

One of the new clauses added to Xinjiang's anti-extremism laws said the so-called training centres were meant to "educate and transform" detainees.

The move is likely to further raise global concerns over human rights situation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region where many Uighurs, who oppose growing state surveillance, have been detained under the "reeducation" campaign.

The revisions to the legal basis say government agencies at the county level and above "may establish occupational skills education and training centres, education transformation organisations and management departments to transform people influenced by extremism through education".

Chinese officials have denied the existence of arbitrary detention and enforced political re-education, instead saying that some citizens were sent to vocational centres for minor criminal misdemeanours.

"It's a retrospective justification for the mass detainment of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang", said James Leibold, a scholar of Chinese ethnic policies at Melbourne's La Trobe University.

Authorities in China's predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang have launched a campaign against halal products in a bid to stop Islam "penetrating secular life" and fuelling "extremism". Communist party officials in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, are calling on government officers to strengthen the "ideological struggle" and fight "halalification", or the "pan-halal tendency", according to a notice posted on the city's official account on messaging app WeChat. China says it was responding to extremist attacks and violence.

The Urumqi Communist Party leaders also said they would require government officials and party members to firmly believe in Marxism-Leninism, not religion, and to speak standard Mandarin Chinese in public.

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