Authorities in China’s northwest Xinjiang region forced a 12-year-old ethnic Uyghur boy to undergo political reeducation and have detained him since arresting his parents, who returned home from Egypt to “register” themselves with the government nearly five months ago, according to official sources.
Members of the traditionally Muslim group have expressed that they have since been living under constant discrimination.
James Leibold, an expert on Chinese security at Australia’s La Trobe University, told the AFP that China is “essentially creating a police state of unprecedented scale.”
The Chinese government has been blaming Islamist militants and separatists for the violence and turmoil that have been ravaging the region for years.
This statement was originally published on freedomhouse.org on 13 July 2017.
July, more than most other months, is loaded with politically sensitive anniversaries that keep Communist Party of China (CPC) censors and security forces on their toes.