Saturday, May 19, 2018

Muslims forced to drink alcohol and eat pork in China’s ‘re-education’ camps, former inmate claims

'The psychological pressure is enormous when you have to criticise yourself, denounce your thinking,' says detainee

Gerry Shih, Dake Kang, Independent Staff
               
Muslims were detained for re-education by China‘s government and made to eat pork and drink alcohol, according to a former internment camp inmate.  Omir Bekali, one among perhaps a million people reportedly arrested and held in mass re-education camps, said he was detained without trial or access to a lawyer and forced to disavow his beliefs while praising the Communist Party. Mr Bekali, a Kazakh citizen, said he contemplated suicide after 20 days in the facility – which itself followed seven months in a prison.

Since spring last year authorities in Xinjiang region have confined tens or even hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the camps, including some foreign nationals. One estimate put the figure at a million or more.  A US commission called it the “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today” while a leading historian called it “cultural cleansing”...........To Read More......

No comments: