China is detaining Uighurs — and the world isn’t doing sufficient about it. The Worldly podcast staff discusses why.


In China’s Xinjiang province, Uighur Muslims are being detained and held in what are successfully concentration camps, the place they’re subjected to human rights abuses, together with torture, forced sterilization, and brainwashing.

However nobody appears to be doing a lot about it on the worldwide degree.

On this week’s episode of Worldly, Vox’s weekly worldwide podcast, senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp, worldwide safety and protection reporter Alex Ward, and senior international editor Jennifer Williams focus on why the worldwide response to the Uighur disaster has been muted — and why it deserves rather more consideration and motion.

The Uighurs are a Muslim ethnic minority group that share cultural and ethnic similarities with Central Asian nations. An estimated 11 million Uighurs dwell in Xinjiang — however as many as 1 million Uighurs are being held in these camps.

In the camps, Uighurs are reportedly going through mass sterilization, pressured labor, sexual assault, and intense surveillance. They’re additionally mentioned to be pressured to be taught Mandarin Chinese language and to criticize or resign their Muslim religion.

However China denies that abuses are occurring in what they euphemistically name “re-education camps.” China’s position is that the Uighurs are receiving “vocational coaching” to find out about Chinese language historical past and tradition, with the aim of heading off terrorism from Uighur separatist actions.

Earlier this week, China’s ambassador to the UK, when confronted with drone footage of what seems to be blindfolded Uighurs being led to a camp, once more denied that the Uighurs are going through abuses and claimed that Uighurs dwell harmoniously with different ethnic teams.

Regardless of these reviews of human rights abuses being dedicated towards the Uighurs, worldwide responses to the disaster have lacked urgency. The UK authorities has spoken out towards the abuses and the US has imposed sanctions on China, however widespread motion has been absent, together with from Muslim-majority international locations (like Iran, which is at the moment finalizing a $400 billion economic and security deal with China).

To listen to extra about why China is detaining the Uighur folks and what the worldwide neighborhood needs to be doing about it, hearken to the total episode of Worldly, which you’ll be able to stream under.

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