The World Bank has terminated a project that financed vocational schools in China following allegations of misconduct with minority Muslim Uigars.
Washington, AFP. The World Bank has terminated a project that financed vocational schools in China following allegations of misconduct with minority Muslim Uigars. The World Bank started reviewing the program in August after the report in the foreign policy magazine. The report said that barbed wire, gas launchers and barns were purchased from the loan amount the school received for the benefit.
China’s dealings with the minority Uygar community living in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region remain a cause for concern. Human rights groups and experts say that out of more than 10 lakh minorities, the majority are Muslims. They are housed in education camps in Xinjiang where they are tortured and forced to condemn their religion.
Every fifth person arrested from Xinjiang province
In 2017, a large number of people were arrested here, according to local prosecutor office data. Every fifth person arrested in China was from Xinjiang province. However, its share of the Chinese population is only two percent.
China took strict steps
China has taken stern steps to suppress religious extremism and terrorism in recent years in Xinjiang province, including Muslims, especially Uygar Muslims. China is also condemned around this. But China justifies its policy.
Chinese researcher Patrick Poon of Amnesty International says the rise in arrests on charges of threatening public safety is clear that the judicial system was also weaponized to target Uygar and other Muslims.
America took action
A few days ago the US banned visas of Chinese officials. This was seen as America’s second stern step after the ban on 28 Chinese institutions. The previous US Secretary of State, Mike Ponpio, said in his statement that China would immediately stop its repressive campaign against Uygar Muslims in Xinjiang province. Not only this, he has also accused China of monitoring Uygar Muslims.