No religion allowed in Xinjiang indoctrination centres, China acknowledges

By Nathan Vanderklippe | The Globe and Mail

The Chinese government has outlawed the practice of Islam inside the political indoctrination and vocational training centres it has built in the country’s western Xinjiang region, Beijing acknowledged Monday.

Former detainees have described being locked in prison-like facilities for many months and vigorously prohibited from prayer or religious ablutions.

But China operates such centres using a “boarding-school management system,” according to a lengthy defence of the country’s practices contained in a 26-page white paper on “The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang.”