China's Xinjiang Muslim 'detention camps': Documents show what PM Jacinda Ardern knows

20/09/2019 

Jacinda Ardern visited China knowing the Xinjiang region had become a "high-tech surveillance state" that "targets Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities" and puts them in secretive camps.

Documents obtained by Newshub reveal the advice given to the Government about China's "re-education camps" in the superpower's northwest where up to two million Muslims have been indefinitely detained.

The Prime Minister visited China in April and this was the advice provided ahead of that trip. The documents show how much she knew about the secretive camps before she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing.Ardern knew authorities in Xinjiang's capital, Urumqi, had been cracking down on religious traditions, and what they call 'halal-ification' - arguing it "blurs the boundary between religion and secular life".

Halal food is that which adheres to Islamic law, as defined by the Quran.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in a statement to Newshub: "The Prime Minister was briefed on a wide range of issues before her visit to China, as she is for other countries."

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