China defends internment camps for Uighur Muslims

Human rights groups have said that the internment camps in Xinjiang that hold up to one million Uighur Muslims are, in reality, re-education centres where inmates are held indefinitely without charge and forced to denounce Islam and praise the Communist Party.

But after only recently admitting the existence of the camps, China has mounted a public relations offensive defending them.
Through documentaries and statements from public officials, China has said that the “vocational centres” will help cleanse Xinjiang of the “virus of religious extremism” while providing detainees with free food, shelter, Mandarin-language and job training and even the opportunity to make $300 dollars a month.
The public diplomacy campaign comes as the Uighur detention programme is expected to face tough questions at the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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