Urumqi, China, May 17, 2021 / 16:44 pm
New research has shown that amid a widespread “reeducation” effort in a region of China— which the U.S. has designated a genocide— hundreds of Muslim clerics have been detained on suspicion of “extremism,” despite little evidence of any behavior other than the typical behavior of an imam.
An estimated 1 million Uyghurs, members of a Muslim ethnoreligious group, have been detained in hundreds of “reeducation camps” in China’s Xinjiang autonomous region.
Inside the camps the Uyghurs are reportedly subjected to forced labor, torture, and political indoctrination. Outside the camps, Uyghurs are monitored by pervasive police forces and facial recognition technology.
China has repeatedly conflated the Uyghurs’ culture and religious activities with extremism and separatism. The government at one time denied the camps even existed, but has since shifted to defending its actions as a reasonable response to a national security threat.