More than a million of the Muslim ethnic minority have been imprisoned in what China describes as “vocational training” camps.
The government says inmates are there voluntarily to renounce so-called “extremist” thoughts.
However, rights groups label the “re-education” camps in Xinjiang Province as prisons, saying they are part of a systematic campaign to strip the Muslims of their identity and culture.
China is condemning a US bill demanding the closure of the camps, and sanctions against Communist party leaders.
Will this measure change anything for the Uighurs?
Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra
Max OIdtmann – Professor of modern Chinese history at Georgetown University in Qatar
Olsi Jazexhi – Lecturer at the University of Durres in Albania who has visited Uighur camps in Xinjiang
Andy Mok – Senior research fellow at the Center for China and Globalization