Canindia News

‘Uighur Muslims land in detention camps for having beard, veil’

Beijing, Feb 18 (IANS) A document which delineates the lives of hundreds of Uighur Muslims currrently in internment camps across China, was allegedly leaked by a source inside Xinjiang showing how members of the community are detained for having beards, wearing veils and using the internet.

The records could be the “strongest evidence” of Beijing persecuting and punishing religious beliefs, said an expert.

The painstaking records – made up of 137 pages of columns and rows – include how often people pray, how they dress, whom they contact and how their family members behave, the BBC reported.

China denies any wrongdoing, saying it is combating terrorism and religious extremism.

The document is said to have come, at considerable personal risk, from the same source inside Xinjiang that leaked a batch of highly sensitive material published last year.

One of the world’s leading experts on China’s policies in Xinjiang, Dr Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation in Washington, believes the latest leak is genuine.

“This remarkable document presents the strongest evidence I’ve seen to date that Beijing is actively persecuting and punishing normal practices of traditional religious beliefs,” he said.

One of the camps mentioned in it, the “Number Four Training Centre” has been identified by Dr Zenz as among those visited by the BBC as part of a tour organised by the Chinese authorities in May last year.

The leaked document exposes what seems to be a state surveillance in the region, targeting those who practice their culture or religion.

This is the third major leak of sensitive Chinese government documents showing a potential sinister program designed to “promote ethnic unity”.

–IANS

sdr/vd

YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN

Judge orders resumption of US programme for illegal child immigrant

US House of Reps. passes bill to promote Gandhi, King legacies

79% of Tesla’s US workforce male, shows diversity report

Swiss helicopter maker Kopter hit by ransomware attack: Report

Ransomware gangs now even call victims to meet demands: Report

Work to serve the people: PM tells Border Guards B’desh

S Korea to tighten grip on Netflix, Google from next week

13 killed in Thailand flash floods

US not extending TikTok deadline for sale of its US biz: Report

Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Stay up to date with the latest news and exclusive offers directly in your inbox