China's state media defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

A newspaper owned by the official Communist party claimed that China’s campaign of pressure against the Uighur Muslim minority is the reason why the Xinjiang region has been prevented from becoming “China’s Syria” or “China’s Libya”.

On Monday, The Global Times came soon after the United Nations anti-discrimination committee which raised concerns on Friday over the China’s treatment of Uighurs, confirming reports of mass detentions that it states, “resembles a massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”.

It is estimated that about one million Uighur Muslims are to be in detention in “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far western region, as said by Gay McDougall, who is the vice chairperson of a UN anti-discrimination committee.

As soon as the attacks by the separatists took place, the members of the Uighur and Kazakh Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have been settled to be detained into teaching and learning camps where they have no choice but to condemn Islam and offer all their loyalties to the party.

Global Times said that the harsh laws in the region were just”a phase that Xinjiang has to go through in rebuilding peace and prosperity”.

But the editor did not seem to want to boldly mention anything related to the internment camps.

Condemning what they referred as the “destructive Western public opinions”, the paper said, “peace and stability must come above all else”.

“Through the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the national strength of the country and the contribution of local officials, Xinjiang has been salvaged from the verge of massive turmoil,” the newspaper said. “It has avoided the fate of becoming ‘China’s Syria’ or ‘China’s Libya’.”

This is not the first time people of  Xinjiang has experienced something like this. Xinjiang has been this suffocating for years when it comes to security. This has been initiated mostly after the baleful anti-government riot which broke out in the regional capital of Urumqi in the year 2009. During these months, monitoring groups and witnesses claim that the Uighurs have been called upon from abroad and across China and sent into detention and teaching and learning centres.

Approximately 10 million Uighurs make up a small part of China’s almost 1.4 billion population and there has never been an insurrection that could stand against the central government’s unbelievable power. This clearly shows how power is misused at the time.

More than one million Uighurs are estimated to be in detention in ‘counter-extremism centres’ in China’s far west.

Courtesy: Al Jazeera








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