In the Chinese province of Xinjiang, Uighur Muslims are being held and held in what is effective concentration campswhere they have been exposed to human rights abuses, including torture, forced sterilizationand brainwashing.
But nobody seems to do much about it internationally.
In this week’s episode of Worldly, Vox’s weekly international podcast, senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp, international security and defense reporter Alex Ward, and senior foreign editor Jennifer Williams discuss why the international response to the Uyghur crisis has muted – and why it deserves much more attention and action.
The Uyghurs are a Muslim ethnic minority group that share cultural and ethnic similarities with Central Asian countries. An estimated 11 million Uyghurs live in Xinjiang, but no fewer than 1 million Uyghurs are detained in these camps.
In the campsUyghurs are reportedly facing massive sterilization, forced labor, sexual assault and intensive surveillance. They would also be forced to learn Mandarin Chinese and to criticize or renounce their Muslim faith.
But China denies exploiting what they euphemistically call “re-education camps”. China’s position is that the Uyghurs receive “vocational training” to learn more about Chinese history and culture, with the aim of warding off terrorism from the Uyghur separatist movements.
Earlier this week, China’s ambassador to the UK, again denied that the Uyghurs face abuses, claiming that Uyghurs live harmoniously with other ethnic groups when faced with drone images of what appears to lead blindfolded Uyghurs to camp.
Despite these reports of human rights violations against the Uyghurs, there was an urgent lack of international responses to the crisis. The British government has pronounced against the abuses and the US has imposed sanctions on China, but no large-scale action has been taken, including from Muslim-majority countries (such as Iran, which is currently rounding out $ 400 billion) economic and security agreement with China).
If you want to hear more about why China is holding onto the Uyghur people and what the international community should do about it, listen to the full episode of Worldly, which you can stream below.
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