Hundreds of thousands of Uyghur Muslims in China’s far west have been forced into propaganda camps for patriotic “re-education,” according to rights groups. Now the practice has the backing of local law, thanks to an Oct. 9 revision. According to the new Article 33 of the Xinjiang region’s regulations against extremism (link in Chinese): Educational transformation institutions such as vocational skill education and training centres shall teach the national common language, laws and regulations, and vocational skills. The centres should organise and carry out anti-extremist ideological education, psychological correction, and behaviour correction to transform the thinking of the trainees to help them return to society, and to their family. The wording above is significantly different from what was in the previous version of the law (link in Chinese), in effect since April last year. In the older version, a chapter called “Prevention, containment, and elimination of extremism,” advised “concentrated education” and “behaviour correction” against extremism, which is defined as inciting hatred, discrimination, and violence. It also advised “humanitarian care” and did not imply the separation of families, as the new article does. Credit: Tripti Lahiri for Quartz, 10 October 2018.
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