Top China official urges ‘reform through education’ for Xinjiang prisoners

By Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s domestic security chief has called for strengthened “reform through education” for prisoners in the far western region of Xinjiang, state media said on Friday, amid international criticism over a security clampdown.

Beijing has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and U.N. human rights experts over mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups that call Xinjiang home.

China says Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists and has rejected all accusations of mistreatment. Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years in unrest between the Uighurs and members of the ethnic Han Chinese majority.