China builds Gulag-like prisons for Muslims, calls them ‘political re-education centres’


In April 2017, the atheist Communist Party issued ‘Naming Rules for Ethnic Minorities’, banning 29 names, including Muhammad, Islam, Jihad and Hajj.

China has established more than 21 ‘political re-education centres’ in its Xinjiang Uyghur region, to “re-wire the political thinking of detainees” who are largely Muslim Uyghurs, according to depositions by a US Congressional Executive Commission.

The ‘political re-education centres’ — modern China’s version of erstwhile Soviet-era Gulags — have expanded in recent months. The expansion has coincided with the tenure of Chen Quanguo, who was appointed to head the Communist Party of China (CPC) in the region two years ago.

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