Uighur camps have helped curb terrorism, says China

Oct 16, 2018, 7:57 AM EDT
(Source: Niklaus Berger/flickr)
(Source: Niklaus Berger/flickr)

For the first time, a high-ranking official in China’s far west Xinjiang has given a detailed account of how “vocation education” centers for Uighur minorities in the region have helped authorities curb terrorism while presenting opportunities to “trainees.”

The chairman of Xinjiang's government, Shohrat Zakir, defended, what a UN report earlier called “internment camps,” saying that the facilities have empowered the minorities with better job and language skills and enable them to “resist the infiltration of extremist thought,” notes Al Jazeera.

China, which has drawn widespread criticism for detaining nearly a million of Uighurs and other minority groups in the name of counter-terrorism measures, attempts to defend its heavy-handed operations in Xinjiang by depicting them as an act of benevolence, writes the BBC.