China Forcing Muslim Uighur Minority into Re-education Camps

China Forcing Muslim Uighur Minority into Re-education Camps

Earlier this month, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination accused China of placing  over a million of its Uighur Muslim citizens in re-education camps in China’s Xinjiang province. Former inmates of the camp claim they were forced to drink alcohol, eat pork, and pledge allegiance to the Communist Party.  The UN report states that this ethnic minority group were, “being treated as enemies of the State based on nothing more than their ethno-religious identity.”  China denies the allegations, claiming “There are no such things as re-education centres…Those deceived by religious extremism … shall be assisted by resettlement and education.” Joining us to discuss this humanitarian crisis is the China Director at Human Rights Watch, Sophie Richardson.