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Will US proposed law change anything for the Uighurs?

US politicians are sending one of their strongest ever warnings to China over the crackdown on Uighur people.

More than a million of the Muslim ethnic minority have been imprisoned in what China describes as “vocational training” camps.

The government says inmates are there voluntarily to renounce so-called “extremist” thoughts.

However, rights groups label the “re-education” camps in Xinjiang Province as prisons, saying they are part of a systematic campaign to strip the Muslims of their identity and culture.

China is condemning a US bill demanding the closure of the camps, and sanctions against Communist party leaders.

Will this measure change anything for the Uighurs?

Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra

Guests:

Max OIdtmann – Professor of modern Chinese history at Georgetown University in Qatar

Olsi Jazexhi – Lecturer at the University of Durres in Albania who has visited Uighur camps in Xinjiang

Andy Mok – Senior research fellow at the Center for China and Globalization

Source: Al Jazeera

Article source: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/12/proposed-law-change-uighurs-191204191750763.html

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