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Chinese authorities in Muslim-majority Xinjiang ordered members of the majority-Muslim Uighur ethnic minority this weekend “to surrender within 30 days” if they have been accused of “terrorism,” or dissent from the Communist Party.
Those who surrender will be eligible to avoid prison and instead join the estimated million being held in internment camps China calls “vocational centers,” where they are forced to swear allegiance to Communist Party leader Xi Jinping and abandon their faith or face various forms of torture.
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China has reportedly forced Uighurs accused of engaging in terrorist and separatist activities into various concentration camps, also known as re-education centers, located across Xinjiang, an accusation that Beijing denies.
Beijing argues that the camps are vocational training centers used to purge the “three evil forces” of separatism, extremism, and terrorism from the Muslim Uighur community.
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Various human rights groups, such as Amnesty International, have long accused China of conducting a “campaign of systematic repression” against Muslim residents in the predominantly Uighur (or Uyghur) Xinjiang province.
Citing a notice published on the official WeChat account of Hami Cyberspace Affairs Commission on Sunday, the state-run Global Times noted that Uighur suspects of terrorist and separatist activities should “turn themselves in to authorities by visiting police stations, procurators, courts, or by letter, telegram or phone,” adding that those who surrender would face a “lesser punishment.”
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Li Wei, a counter-terrorism expert at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations in Beijing, conceded to the Global Times that “such notice served to deepen the campaign of cracking down on terrorism in Xinjiang, as regional vocational training centers have achieved great success in anti-radicalization of Xinjiang society.”
Wei reportedly indicated, “Some terrorists who surrender, instead of being put into prisons, may go to vocational training centers to learn practical skills, such as language and knowledge to better understand the religion.”
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