DO DETENTION CAMPS BELONG TO THE PAST? WELL, THEY ARE NOT OVER. SEE THOSE FIELDS IN XINJIANG…

Once the WW II was over, it seemed that the most terrible means of mass repression were gone, indeed they still remain but unknown. The situation in China regarding the “fields of education” is to get out in the open. I bet that, like many, you are not aware of it! Well, unfortunately, about 400 detention fields are currently present in China, built by the Chinese Communist Party leading China. About 12,000  Muslims were detained in 2018, thousands of them tortured, obliged to forced labor, bound to drink alcohol (prohibited by Muslim religion) and to change their religion. “Become Han Chinese… forget your religion, forget your culture”, this is the command a man who survived one of these concentration camps remember and which summarizes a purpose of this horrible detention, i.e. exterminating Muslims.

Chinese government denied the existence of re-education camps in Xinjiang until October 2018, when it officially legalized them. When the international media inquired about the re-education camps, the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated that he had never heard of them.

For 70 years, the central government of Beijing has been pursuing a policy of harassment against minorities – and in particular the Uighurs – which in recent times has resulted in a real phenomenon of mass deportation.

It is hard to think that in times like these, such phenomena have not been abolished, but rather continue undisturbed. Will we be able to end violence? Unfortunately, until human rights are not respected all over the world, peace cannot be achieved. I know that this short article will not give a stop to ferocity, but if it may serve to let people reflect and get aware of existing violence, it will give hope to those oppressed and raise a sense for peace. 

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