Mute response from rights defenders as minister condemned over Xinjiang camps

Barbed wire outside a detention centre to ‘re-educate’ dissidents in Xinjiang, as seen in a BBC documentary aired this month.

June 28, 2019 7:29 AM

PETALING JAYA: Usually vocal human rights activists and groups have avoided comment when queried about remarks by a federal minister which appeared to endorse Chinese propaganda on a controversial camp set up to “re-educate” dissidents in the restive Xinjiang province.

Barring Amnesty International which openly criticised Mujahid Yusof Rawa for his use of the phrase “training centre”, China’s parlance for what has been condemned worldwide as concentration camps, other prominent human rights organisations and activists approached by FMT have refused comment.

This comes after Muslim activist Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa accused Mujahid of repeating Beijing’s propaganda.

Echoing him was Amnesty International, which said damning reports on the camps were corroborated by its own investigations.

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