'China must come clean about the fate of 1 million minority Muslims,' says Amnesty

The report says it is time for Chinese authorities to answer the questions of the families who are desperate to know about what happened to the families, after government's clampdown.

Amnesty International Report on China urges country to stop repression of Muslim minorities
A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 24 Sep 2018 01:09 PM
New Delhi: Amid China’s repressive clampdown on the Muslim minorities in the far western region of Xinjiang, Amnesty International said in its report that the country must come clean about the fate of an estimated one million minority Muslims.

China has garnered criticism from human rights organizations lately for its repressive policies to combat what it calls Islamic extremism and separatist elements, which the critics view as a drive impelling further resentment among separatist elements.

In its latest report, which was prepared after including testimony from people held in camps, Amnesty said in the past year, the government has intensified its campaign of mass internment, intrusive surveillance, political indoctrination and forced cultural assimilation against the region's Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

It is estimated that currently nearly one million Muslims are being held by the authorities in re-education camps, without the right to trial, access to lawyers or contact with family members, the report said.  Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are punished for violating regulations banning beards and burqas, and for the possession of unauthorised Korans, it added.

The report which was prepared after talking to several former detainees tallied with similar evidence gathered by foreign reporters and human rights groups.

As per the report, the families at the suffering end of the crackdown are desperate to know about what happened to the families. The reports say that it is time for Chinese authorities to answer them.

Although Beijing has denied the report of the camps, there are evidence in the form of testimony of escapees and also government documents.

As per report in AFP, it suggests Chinese authorities are detaining large groups of people in a network of extrajudicial camps for political and cultural indoctrination on a scale unseen since the Maoist era.