Why these African countries are defending China’s mass detention of Muslims

Abdi Latif Dahir
Why these African countries are defending China’s mass detention of Muslims

China has for years faced international pressure over its mass detention of ethnic Uyghur Muslims in the north-western Xinjiang region under the guise of “re-education” against extremist thought. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council last week, ambassadors from African, Asian, and Latin American countries praised Beijing’s “remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.” The states said China faced terrorism, separatism and religious extremism in the restive Xinjiang region and noted the de-radicalization measures contributed to peace and security in the restive region. Chinese authorities have repeatedly denied allegations of torture and brainwashing, saying the camps are “vocational training centers” aimed at combating terrorism and Islamic extremism.