#FactOfTheDay – 11/10/2018 Re-education camps for Muslim minorities now legal under Chinese law
TO GO WITH CHINA-XINJIANG-UNREST-MIGRATION-POPULATION BY BENJAMIN HAAS This photo taken on April 16, 2015 shows a Uighur man and boy watching a performance under a statue of late communist leader Mao Zedong meeting with a Uighur, in the central square in Hotan, in China's western Xinjiang region. Waves of mass immigration from China's heartland have raised the proportion of Han among Xinjiang's population from six percent in 1949 to 38 percent in 2011. AFP PHOTO / Greg BAKER / AFP PHOTO / Greg Baker

#FactOfTheDay – 11/10/2018 Re-education camps for Muslim minorities now legal under Chinese law

The Xinjiang region, the largest Chinese administrative division, is home to detention centres or re-education camps for Muslim minorities officially established to tackle Islamic extremism or fundamentalism. First kept a secret and firmly denied, Chinese authorities have officially recognized these detention centres amid growing rumours over their existence. These camps apparently hold over one million detainees, most of them from the Uighur ethnic group which make up 45% of the population of the region. Considered an “anti-halal” campaign, human rights activists are concerned about the abuses taking place in these centres.

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Dawit Tesfay

Etudiant en Science politique orientation Relations internationales à l'Université Libre de Bruxelles, je suis particulièrement intéressé par les questions liés à la sécurité et à la migration. A la fin de mon master en Relations internationales, j'envisage de me spécialiser en Droit international afin de parfaire ma connaissance des thèmes qui me passionnent le plus.

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