IN SHOCKING UN ACCUSATION, CHINA SAID TO HOLD 1 MILLION UIGHUR MUSLIMS IN "MASSIVE INTERNMENT CAMPS" | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


IN SHOCKING UN ACCUSATION, CHINA SAID TO HOLD 1 MILLION UIGHUR MUSLIMS IN "MASSIVE INTERNMENT CAMPS"

A breaking report based on findings of a United Nations human rights panel accuses China of holding up to one million ethnic Uighurs in what the report says resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.

The minority ethno-religious group concentrated in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang has found itself under increased persecution and oversight by Chinese authorities of late as their collective Sunni Islamic identity and separatist political movements have resulted in historic tensions with the Communist government.

Most notable is the ethnic Uighur-founded and led East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM, also commonly called the Turkestan Islamic Party, or TIP), a Muslim separatist group based Xinjiang known to have conducted dozens of terror attacks in Chinese cities like Shanghai and Yunnan, but also in places like Afghanistan, and as far as Syria, where it's believed up to 5,000 Uighurs fight alongside al-Qaeda.

Beijing has in recent years been accused of practicing collective punishment and broad crackdowns on the Uighur population in Xinjiang, which is numbered in total at 11 million (with some estimates of up to 15 million; China's total Muslim population is at about 21 million). The minority ethnic group is also found in sizable numbers in neighboring Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan.

The new UN statements come after a number of recent cases of prominent Uighur Chinese citizens and dissidents being "disappeared".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I find interesting about the timing of the release of this UN report, is the reality that the US has brought down even more economic sanctions against China as of last month. First Section 301 Trade Tariffs against China on 6 July: second list of tariff lines introduced for review.

One can view the timing of this report in one of two ways, but I think a middle ground perspective is most useful.

It is difficult for any culture, or country, to have a prominent ethnic minority which will not assimilate to the primary culture's norms, to the point of creating violence against that primary culture, as we are seeing with middle Eastern and African immigrants coming to Europe. But this has been a highly fraught confrontation between Beijing and the Uighurs for quite some time now, so this is really nothing new, despite the breathtaking prose here.

But the timing of the release of the report, even though these "camps" may have existed for some time, in an attempt to stop violence against the dominant Chinese culture, may well be an attempt at demonisation against it, in light of both trade and military tensions between the US and China,, which do not appear to be de-escalating any time soon.

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