The Chinese Government has made inroads into legalising re-education camps for Chinese Muslims accused of “religious extremism”. Rights groups estimate more than 2 million Uighurs were forced into “political camps for indoctrination” where detainees are made to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticise and renounce their faith.
China’s new legislation details behaviours that could lead to detention – from expanding on the concept of halal, to refusing to watch state TV or radio. This is in line with rights organisations highlighting China‘s efforts to battle against the onslaught of so-called ‘pan-halalisation’.
US Vice-President has weighed in on the actions of the CCP, stating how “survivors of the camps have described their experiences as a deliberate attempt by Beijing to strangle Uighur culture and stamp out the Muslim faith”. The Chinese government has maintained that the detentions remain “completely untrue.”