Former camp prisoner Omer Bekali wears chains and is overcome by emotion as he talks about re-education camps in Xinjiang, during a news conference of the World Congress of the Uygurs and the Society for Threatened Peoples, on March 11 in Berlin. Photo: EPA-EFE

Xinjiang Uygurs and other Muslims are paying the human cost of China’s belt and road plan

  • Repression has escalated in Xinjiang after President Xi Jinping came to power and introduced the belt and road strategy
  • In China’s efforts to assimilate the Uygurs to ensure the project’s success, the region has been turned into an open-air prison
Topic |   Human rights in China

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Former camp prisoner Omer Bekali wears chains and is overcome by emotion as he talks about re-education camps in Xinjiang, during a news conference of the World Congress of the Uygurs and the Society for Threatened Peoples, on March 11 in Berlin. Photo: EPA-EFE
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