By Jews Newsaccess_time3 months ago
THIS region has become a total surveillance state, where Muslims face internment camps and torture. But Australia’s hands are tied.
INTERNMENT camps, rehabilitation, ethnic cleansing, torture and suffering.
No, this isn’t a description of the Nazi regimen in the 1940s. It’s China right now.
As we speak, over a million Muslims in China’s northwest region of Xinjiang are allegedly being held in prison-like camps disguised as “re-education facilities”, according to human rights organisations, US officials and survivors.
There are also reports of Muslim inmates forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, which are forbidden in their religion.
An official Chinese Communist Party recording compared Islam to an “infectious disease”.
The recording, obtained by Radio Free Asia, said: “Members of the public who have been chosen for re-education have been infected by an ideological illness.
“Being infected by religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology and not seeking treatment is like being infected by a disease that has not been treated in time, or like taking toxic drugs … There is no guarantee that it will not trigger and affect you in the future.”
Former inmates have described disturbing indoctrination programs that can last several months, in which they’re forced to renounce their religion and pledge allegiance to the state.
A REGION TRANSFORMED
Xinjiang is a large autonomous region in the country’s northwest bordering the former Soviet Central Asian republics, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Estimated hundreds of thousands of Muslim Uighurs — a Turkic ethnic group primarily based in Xinjiang — have been subjected to arbitrary detention and torture here for years.
Chinese authorities have been accused of intensifying its crackdown on the minorities in the region since the 1990s.
Over the past decade, the region has transformed into an occupied surveillance state, where the people, including their movements and beliefs, are controlled by the government.
It all started in 2009, when thousands took to the streets in a mass demonstration in the region’s capital, Urumqi.
They were protesting the recent killing of Uighur migrant workers in Guangdong, in the country’s south.
Buses were smashed, stones were thrown through shop windows and passers-by were assaulted, according to media reports. They set vehicles on fire, with riot squads brought in to restore order with tear gas and armoured vehicles.
There were 197 fatalities, and almost 2000 injuries before order was restored.
By any country’s standards, such a protest would be heavy-handed, but in authoritarian China — where protests are neither allowed nor tolerated by the Communist government — it was next-level, and armed police were brought in to contain the violence.