The repression of a whole lot of 1000’s of China’s Uighur Muslim minority amounts to “crimes against humanity”, a report by human rights group Amnesty International has mentioned.
In a 160-page doc that features testimonies from former detainees in camps within the north-western Chinese area of Xinjiang, Amnesty detailed what it referred to as “systematic state-organised mass imprisonment, torture and persecution amounting to crimes against humanity”.
The report, printed on Thursday, paperwork what the rights group referred to as “extreme measures” taken by Chinese authorities since 2017 against Uighurs and different predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities.
“The Chinese authorities have created a dystopian hellscape on a staggering scale,” Amnesty’s secretary basic Agnès Callamard mentioned.
“Muslim minorities face crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations,” she added, saying the abuses “should shock the conscience of humanity”.
The report paperwork how, since early 2017, large numbers of women and men in Xinjiang have been arbitrarily detained.
“They include hundreds of thousands who have been sent to prisons in addition to hundreds of thousands – perhaps even a million or more – who have been sent to internment camps,” the report mentioned.
All of the greater than 50 former detainees that Amnesty interviewed mentioned that they had been detained for conduct corresponding to possessing a religious-themed image or speaking with somebody overseas.
Many detainees described first being taken for questioning in police stations the place they had been hooked up to metal chairs with leg irons and handcuffs.
They mentioned beatings, sleep deprivation and overcrowding had been widespread, and in “extraordinarily regimented” internment camps that they had no privateness or autonomy and risked harsh punishments.
“The Chinese government has gone to extraordinary lengths to cover up its violations of international human rights law in Xinjiang,” Amnesty charged.
The US authorities accuses China of waging “genocide” in Xinjiang. Britain has declined to use that designation, however joined the United States and Germany final month in calling on Beijing to finish repression of the Uighur minority.
Beijing has repeatedly denied that abuses happen there, saying they’re work camps meant to deter extremism and enhance incomes.
“China must immediately dismantle the internment camps, release the people arbitrarily detained in them and in prisons,” Ms Callamard mentioned, calling for a United Nations investigation below worldwide legislation.
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