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Persecution of Uighurs

  • 18 Nov 2019
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  • According to leaked Chinese government documents, there was a clampdown on Uighurs and other Muslims in the country’s western Xinjiang region.
    • According to the United Nations experts and activists, at least 1 million Uighurs and members of other largely Muslim minority groups have been detained in camps in Xinjiang in a crackdown.
    • The documents reveal that the Chinese leadership’s fears were heightened by terrorist attacks in other countries and the U.S. drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.
  • Uighur is a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group.
  • They are primarily confined in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang and is one of the largest Muslim group in that region.

Source: TH

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