Monday, October 22, 2018

Chinese position on Xinjiang "educational"/detainment centers summed up by "reformed" Uighurs:

10-21-2018    (Chinese position on Xinjiang "educational"/detainment centers summed up by "reformed" Uighurs, as presented in the Chinese government-controlled news report following:)  
 Trainees can receive free vocational training to improve their command over the country’s common language, national laws and regulations and vocational skills, among others.  “I was born in a religious family and was told that I was born to be a Muslim.  I had little knowledge of laws before participating in the program.  Distorted doctrines spread by religious extremists are against our laws,” Eli Matusun told the Global Times.  “The program was good timing for me, since we learned that extremism is the root of terrorism and violence and if we go further astray, we would become terrorists,” he said.  Eli Matusu said that he hopes to learn more through the program and plans to start his own business in the future....
  Luo Hongmei, Party chief of the Yutian Educational Bureau, told the Global Times that previously some children’s parents, influenced by religious extremism, cared little about their children and did not want to send them to schools.   “The children have become more open,” Luo said.  “We can always see their smiling faces.  Their personal hygiene has improved.  They have also performed well in study… All of these things lay a solid foundation for their future development.”  The irresponsible reports made by some Western media outlets about the training program were “inconsistent with what really happened in Xinjiang,” Adil Abdueni said.  “I was born in Yutian and I knew that influenced by religious extremism, many young people here did not go to school after finishing their primary schooling.  They were easily harmed by religious extremism and finally went astray and ended in stirring up terrorist attacks.”  After joining vocational education and training programs, they can earn their own living and contribute to society, Abdueni said.

Omir Bekali talks about the psychological stress he endured in a Chinese internment camp during an interview in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 29 March.
 Omir Bekali talks about the psychological stress he endured in a Chinese internment camp during an interview in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 29 March. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

An outspoken former detainee in China’s internment camps for Muslims has said that his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected even though he had been invited to speak at Congress about his ordeal.
Kazakh national Omir Bekali was asked to travel to Washington in September by the chairs of the Congressional-Executive Committee on China.  He said his application was rejected by the US consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after he was questioned about his employment status.  ...
Bekali is named in the proposed legislation among those who have testified to the indoctrination, humiliation, and indefinite detention of internees.
"In China, the government is engaged in the persecution of religious and ethnic minorities that is straight out of George Orwell," outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said in a speech on Monday.  "It is the largest internment of civilians in the world today.

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