Uyghur Muslims: China created ‘a dystopian hellscape’, says Amnesty

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Amnesty International in its latest report has said that the repression of China’s Uyghur Muslims amounts to “crimes against humanity” and accused Beijing of creating a “dystopian hellscape”.

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General said, “The Chinese authorities have created a dystopian hellscape on a staggering scale in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”

He said that Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities “face crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations that threaten to erase their religious and cultural identities”.

“It should shock the conscience of humanity that massive numbers of people have been subjected to brainwashing, torture and other degrading treatment in internment camps, while millions more live in fear amid a vast surveillance apparatus,” he added in the report.

In the 160-page report, ‘Like We Were Enemies in a War’: China’s Mass Internment, Torture, and Persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response team released “dozens of new testimonies from former detainees detailing the extreme measures taken by Chinese authorities since 2017 to essentially root out the religious traditions, cultural practices and local languages of the region’s Muslim ethnic groups”.

“Carried out under the guise of fighting “terrorism”, these crimes have targeted ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Hui, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks.”

The human rights group said that Muslim ethnic minorities in “China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region face systematic state-organized mass imprisonment, torture and persecution amounting to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said as it launched a new report and campaign today”.

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