China keeps 1 million people in secret indoctrination camps, separated from their families under conditions that led to suicide attempts and deaths. The reason, he says, is Islam.
International outrage over the fate of these inmates – Chinese Muslims, most of whom are members of an ethnic minority called the Uighurs – has reached unprecedented levels this year. The United Nations confirms the number of prisoners in August. Congress wants sanctions, and European officials call for independent investigations into the facilities.
But western countries that have defended themselves as defenders of freedom for the freedom of the world are stunned: after all, China is pursuing its book on the risks posed by Islam's 1
Beijing has also been pressured to abandon its old strategy of denying the existence of such camps, and still feels confident in defending its position towards the Uighurs. "This is the necessary way to deal with Islamic or religious extremism," Chinese spokesman Li Xiaojun told reporters earlier this year. On 13th November, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi doubled: "The efforts are fully in line with the direction the international community has taken to counter terrorism and are an important part of the global fight against terrorism."
The allegations of the Chinese government Uighurs are "infected" with wrong thinking and associate the disease with their Muslim beliefs. Their "cure" is to limit the length of men's beards, to regulate the clothing of women in public spaces, and to prevent the use of Muslim names.
Proponents of the government argue that it is only meaningful for the rest of the world to support China, despite credible allegations of torture, kidnapping, and persecution of millions of people due to compulsory DNA and language databases just because they are , Countries should be "close together," said Victor Gao, vice president of the government-led think tank of the Center for China and Globalization. The popular right-wing skeptics of Islam in the West agree .
While experts and most international governments see little sign of serious radicalization or ties to international Uighur terrorism, the argument has its legs. China's strategy wisely uses assumptions about what's appropriate in the name of counter-terrorism that has fed the world for years – and blurs global sentiments, especially among Western politicians and business leaders whose decisions could really harm China, and makes it easier to To carry on The biggest human rights violations since Mao's Cultural Revolution.
The US, the most powerful critic of Uighur politics in China, has for years been helping to lay the foundations for its success. Since the Sept. 11 attacks, Washington officials have focused the resources and influence of the world's superpower on an amorphous mission whose goals later remain unclear, but their fixation on a threat lurking in Islam has never been questioned Service. Heavy disputes between American politicians over their counter-terrorism strategy focus on the degree of study – from the total ban on Muslims to the spying on of student groups – but the general need is out of the question.
When US government officials set shadowy standards that allow military strikes against strangers, and have become De Rigueur as surveillance and perpetual imprisonment by democratic governments the rest of the world is in the lead. If it is the war on terrorism, everything is fine – now it's all war against terrorism.
Syrian President Bashar Assad says he has had to slaughter thousands of his own people to fight against fundamentalists; The Danish Government justifies that "ghetto children" in Muslim areas are separated from their families for 25 hours a week from their age. American nativists associate politics with to maintain a white majority in the US on the need to "figure out what the hell's going on" because "Islam hates us."
Beijing saw a chance early. Millions of Uighurs and other non-Han Chinese in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have been calling for more autonomy for decades, with many affiliated with violent separatist movements and militias. A small part had developed into religiously inspired militancy.
In the months following September 11, China began to connect almost all Uighur resistance with Islam and the global networks of groups such as Al Qaeda, Chien-Peng Chung, a professor at the Institute for Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore an article published in the summer of 2002.
"In fact, the separatist violence in Xinjiang is neither new nor mainly driven by outsiders," Chung continued. "The recent wave of Uighur separatism was not inspired by Osama bin Laden, but by the overthrow of the Soviet Union, as militants seek to emulate the independence of some Muslim communities in Central Asia."
In the fall of 2001, Uighurs who sought refuge in Afghanistan fled to neighboring Pakistan when US troops invaded. Bounty hunters who covet American payoffs for anyone associated with Al Qaeda have finally captured at least 22 of them. The US forces eventually took the group to Guantanamo Bay, accusing them of cooperating with al Qaeda and the Taliban as part of a Uighur group called East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
On September 3, 2002, the US had an explicit connection between China's own war on terrorism by placing the Uighur group on the Treasury list of terrorist organizations. Speaking in public, the adviser to President George W. Bush spoke of the spread of freedom and told Beijing that the listing could not be used to justify further repression against the broader Uighur community. Privately, US officials invited Chinese officials to Gitmo to interrogate the Uyghurs there and wake them up every 15 minutes by waking up at bedtime the night before, according to the Ministry of Justice's first official recognition of the 2008 incident. 19659004] US. The officials silently stated by the end of 2003 that the Uighurs posed no security risks, and as lawyers who opted for the prisoners' lawyers questioned the detention of detainees, the US released five in 2006 to Albania. In 2009, a federal judge ruled that the left must be. Also, let go because "the government has not provided sufficient evidence that ETIM is in contact with al Qaeda or the Taliban or is involved in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners Has." The Obama administration has found a new home for the remaining Uighurs by 2014.
Experts believe today that Uyghur radicalization has a limited impact on China's security – not to mention global stability.
Members of the community traveled to Syria to join the uprising against Assad, including many the banner of an organization called Turkestan Islamic Party, which is generally regarded as an offshoot of the ETIM. There is a good chance that at least a few thousand were connected to groups affiliated with the local Al Qaeda branch. The United Kingdom added ETIM to its own list of terrorists in 2016 after the United States and the United Nations
took the lead. Uighurs have committed violent incidents in China in recent years hundreds of whom claimed human lives, especially in 2014.
However, it is difficult to find clear links between these incidents and global Islamist terrorism – and it is difficult for western governments to obtain information from Chinese authorities to prove their case is to treat peaceful organizations as a threat.
"China deliberately tries to blur the boundaries between these groups," Peter Irwin of the World Uyghur Congress, a European-based group that is one of the organizations that sees Beijing as a terrorist group, told HuffPost in an email ,
It is well known that the US has its own recent experience of blurred lines between genuine terrorist targets and those currently being treated as fair play or collateral damage. As Washington calls China's excesses against the Uighurs against a broader competition policy with Beijing, the story becomes more and more important.