Chinese official has rejected allegations of
internment camps in Xinjiang region. The response comes in the backdrop of estimates
cited by a UN panel. The UN panel has reported that nearly one million Uighurs
are being held in detention centres in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang is an administrative region in
north-western China. The region borders eight countries – Mongolia, Russia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The
population in Xinjiang is predominantly Uighurs. Uighurs are ethnically Turkic
In response to large-scale ethnic rioting and
attacks in Xinjiang since 2009, China has enhanced security in the region to
combat terrorism, extremism and separatism.
Of late, China has been repeatedly accused of
detaining Uighur Muslims and other Muslim groups in the western Xinjiang
region. However, China has always maintained that there are no internment
camps. China has advocated that people in Xinjiang are receiving “vocational
training” in “re-education camps”