China Forcing Muslim Uighur Minority into Re-education Camps

CHINA UIGHUR PROTEST
Uighurs and their supporters rally across the street from United Nations headquarters in New York, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world on Thursday to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers. Seth Wenig / AP Photo
CHINA UIGHUR PROTEST
Uighurs and their supporters rally across the street from United Nations headquarters in New York, Thursday, March 15, 2018. Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group held demonstrations in cities around the world on Thursday to protest a sweeping Chinese surveillance and security campaign that has sent thousands of their people into detention and political indoctrination centers. Seth Wenig / AP Photo

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.