China holds at least 800,000 and possibly more than 2 million Muslim minorities in detention, mostly without charge

The Hill reports:

State Department official Scott Busby told senators this week that China has detained at least 800,000 Muslim minorities in internment camps.

“The U.S. government assesses that since April 2017, Chinese authorities have indefinitely detained at least 800,000 and possibly more than 2 million Uighurs, ethnic Khazakhs, and other members of Muslim minorities in internment camps,” Busby, the deputy assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor, told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Tuesday.

“Reports suggest that most of those detained are not being charged with crimes and their families have little to no information about their whereabouts,” he said.

“Former detainees who have reached safety have spoken of relentless indoctrination and harsh conditions,” Busby told the committee. “For example, praying and other religious practices are forbidden.

“The apparent goal is to force detainees to renounce Islam and embrace the Chinese communist party.” [Continue reading…]

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