Nearly 13,000 people China describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang have been arrested since 2014 and broken up hundreds of “terrorist gangs” the country said, Associated Press reported.
The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment of an estimated one million members of the Uighur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.
China has described the camps as vocational training centres and said the participation is voluntary. Former detainees, however, said they were held in abusive conditions, forced to renounce Islam and swear allegiance to China’s ruling Communist Party.
The lengthy report issued on Monday also said the “law-based de-radicalisation” in Xinjiang has curbed the rise and spread of religious extremism.
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