Muslims in China – level 3

22-07-2019 07:00

China has been detaining Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the western Xinjiang region. Former detainees compared the centres to prisons or concentration camps.

The Chinese government has been separating adults from children and putting them into what it calls ‘re-education camps’. The government hopes to fight extremism and terrorism and has detained around 1 million people.

Twenty-two countries sent an open letter to the United Nations, calling for China not to block freedom of movement of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. They also asked China to allow the UN’s High Commissioner access into Xinjiang.

China responded by saying it would welcome the commissioner.

Difficult words: detain (to hold somebody somewhere), minority (a group of people who are different from most people in a country), commissioner (the ‘boss’ of an organisation).

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