Mus­lims in Xin­jiang face re­pres­sion: Ger­man par­lia­ment

Daily Messenger - - International -

BER­LIN: Gov­ern­ment and op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers urged China on Thurs­day to end re­pres­sive poli­cies against Uighur Mus­lims in north­west­ern Xin­jiang, an au­tonomous re­gion of the coun­try.

The op­po­si­tion Green Party ac­cused Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties of se­vere hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, forced po­lit­i­cal in­doc­tri­na­tion and mas­sive sur­veil­lance in the re­gion.

“An es­ti­mated one mil­lion peo­ple have been ar­bi­trar­ily de­tained in in­tern­ment camps in China's north­west­ern Xin­jiang re­gion,” Green law­maker Mar­garete Bause said dur­ing a par­lia­men­tary de­bate on the hu­man rights sit­u­a­tion in Xin­jiang.

She heav­ily crit­i­cized au­thor­i­ties for their clam­p­down on free­dom of re­li­gion.

“Pray­ing is pro­hib­ited, mosques are de­mol­ished. The goal of all th­ese mea­sures is to sys­tem­at­i­cally elim­i­nate the cul­ture and iden­tity of the Mus­lim mi­nor­ity in Xin­jiang,” she said. Ste­fan Liebich from the op­po­si­tion Left Party said the de­ten­tion of around one mil­lion peo­ple in in­tern­ment camps in Xin­jiang was “unac­cept­able”.

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