The alarm rings at 5am every morning in Yerzhan’s overcrowded concrete cell. He dresses in a thin blue uniform before armed guards escort him to a bathroom, where he has minutes to wash under supervision.
At 7am there is breakfast: tea and a single steamed bun for each of the cell’s 18 inmates. For the rest of the day, Yerzhan is forced to sit straight on a stool, learn Mandarin, sing patriotic songs and memorise ruling Communist Party ideology. In order to receive a small portion of rice at noon and 6pm he, like all the others, must praise the Chinese president and shout “Long live Xi Jinping!”. Those who refuse are electrocuted with a cattle prod that causes their limbs to spasm uncontrollably. …READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON THE TELEGRAPH
…Kenneth Roth, the executive director of the US-based Human Rights Watch group, praised Turkey’s move on Twitter.
“This is a big deal: [Turkey is] The first Muslim-majority country to criticise China so directly for its horrendous treatment of Uighur Muslims, and one of the most powerful Muslim-majority countries at that,” he tweeted on Sunday….more: more: ALJAZEERAH
A controversial US mercenary group with ties to the UAE has signed a deal with China to build a training centre in Xinjiang where up to a million Uighur Muslims are reportedly held in detention camps.
Hong Kong-listed security firm Frontier Services Group (FSG), which is founded by Erik Prince, has signed a preliminary deal with the Chinese authorities. A statement posted on its Chinese website confirmed the deal but was later deleted in what appears to be an attempt to avoid a backlash against Prince’s activities.more: middleeastmonitor.com
Foreign Policy editor and journalist James Palmer explains why it’s so difficult for journalists to cover the human rights crisis in China’s far western Xinjiang region…read: China is committing ethnic cleansing in Xinjiang – it’s time for the world to stand up
As many as 1 million Chinese Muslims are believed to have been detained in the camps. They are primarily from the province of Xinjiang, which has stubbornly resisted Beijing’s efforts to instill Chinese culture. Former inmates of the camps have now told The Washington Post just how far China is willing to go to crush opposition….more: newsweek.