China’s detainment camps explained


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Sally-Emma Calandroni, Managing Editor

China, throughout its history, has been known for its strict and unrelenting rule. China’s “Strike Hard Campaign against Violent Terrorism” was launched in May 2014 in Xinjiang. In an effort to do this, the country has established “political education” camps to, in their minds, combat terrorism.

Anything out of the ordinary is seen as a detainable offense, even something as minuscule as growing a beard will get someone detained. China officials insist that it’s simply a camp with the purpose of diverting extremist ideologies. However, it has come to light that in reality, they are converting the Muslims to relinquish their ideological views and become completely subservient to China’s Communist government.

As of now, not much is being done. A representative from the UK has spoken on behalf of the 23 countries for the United Nations to issue a statement about the concern for the camps in Xinjiang. They called on China to “uphold its national and international obligations and commitments to respect human rights,” and to provide access to Xinjiang for international monitors. However, 54 other countries voiced approval for the camps.

Nothing has been done to aid the detained Muslims, the UN is doing their best to get documentation to confirm or deny the allegations but for now, the camps will remain in function until further notice.