The incarceration centres, we are told, are actually re-education
institutions and not concentration camps.
China has faced international criticism for the situation in Xinjiang, specifically for the so-called re-education
camps in the area, where it is thought that up to 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims are being held under the pretext of fighting terrorism and religious extremism.
South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Friday that Kim Yong-chol, Kim Jong-un's right-hand man and the counterpart to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before the failed Hanoi summit, had been sent to a labour and re-education
camp in Jagang Province near the Chinese border.
The letter further read, "over a million Uighurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities have been interned in 'political re-education
camps' without due process as part of a broader attempt to wipe out their separate identity, language, and history."
Tribune News Network Doha As he faces criticism from Western countries over the brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) on Friday defended China's use of re-education
camps for its country's Muslim population.
While it appears there was widespread support for hanging Asia Bibi there's not a peep out of the Pakistani public about the detention of millions of Uighur Muslims in re-education
camps in China where they are forced to renounce their religion.
But many Pakistani men, married to Chinese Uighur women, claim their spouses are being held in so-called re-education
camps and are demanding their release.
"There are credible reports of mass detentions in political "re-education
camps" affecting Uyghurs and other minorities; of mass surveillance; of restrictions on travel; and of Uyghurs abroad allegedly being returned to China involuntarily," said Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in a statement.
Mirza Imran Baig, 40, who trades between his home city of Lahore and Urumqui, the Xinjiang regional capital, said his wife was detained in a "re-education
" camp in her native Bachu county for two months in May and June 2017 and had been unable to leave her hometown since her release.
The Trump Administration, which rarely talks about human rights violations, is considering imposing sanctions on Chinese officials for imprisoning hundreds of thousands of Muslim for "re-education
" to turn them away from Islam.