Residents pass through a checkpoint at Hotan bazaar in Xinjiang, part of the sweeping security crackdown in the region. Photo: AP

How China defines religious extremism and how it justifies Xinjiang re-education camps for Muslims

While the law says officials must distinguish between everyday religious activity and extremism, its definition of the latter means even people who damage banknotes or reject mass media can be targeted

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Residents pass through a checkpoint at Hotan bazaar in Xinjiang, part of the sweeping security crackdown in the region. Photo: AP
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Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau

Mimi Lau covers human rights, religion and civil society in China. She spent seven years in southern China as the Post's Guangzhou Correspondent before returning to Hong Kong in 2017. Today, Mimi continues to pursue stories across the country, monitoring and reporting on key political and civil issues. She has won numerous awards for her work.