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Can you explain to me what is happening with the uyghurs in China (concentration camps) why China is doing this, since when, where and how.
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Good morning Yakefficace! :)
Uyghurs are Sunni Muslims. Although they are in the minority in China, they are in the majority in the autonomous province of Xinjiang in the northwest of the country. This province wishes to become independent from China, but the Uighur population has been facing a policy of sinization by the Chinese government for several years. A policy of sinization, according to Géo confluences, is “a policy of acculturation aimed at forcing the different ethnic groups living within the borders of China to be incorporated into the dominant ethnic group, the Hans. To sinize means to make Chinese (on the same model as to Frenchize, Americanize, etc.). This policy goes through school, through the Party, through work, but also, in so-called autonomous provinces such as Tibet or Xinjiang, through the forced schooling of children far from their parents and through a ruthless repression of any cultural distinction, especially ".
-religious, which includes for example the destruction of cemeteries. This policy of sinicization means that today the Hans are almost as numerous as the Uyghurs in the province of Xinjiang. Several even speak of the cultural genocide of the Uyghurs.
The first Uyghur concentration camps would have been built from 2014 in order to fight against the separatism of Xinjiang. Millions of Uyghurs are said to be locked up in these "political re-education camps" and the government justifies this measure by attributing various bloody attackers to the Uyghurs.
Although the Chinese government defends itself by qualifying these camps as educational camps to make Uyghurs "good Chinese citizens", a 2018 report from the NGO Amnesty International argued that these camps were places of punishment and torture. where Uyghurs were beaten, deprived of food and held in solitary confinement.
To answer your question more precisely ...
I invite you to do a search on the Internet with keywords like "why are there Uyghur camps in China" to find more information.
You could also watch some documentaries on these camps, like the one by Arte: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLjyAAqIh0A&ab_channel=ARTE
Let us know if you have any other questions! :)