China’s Uyghur Muslims say they are victims of Beijing's growing crackdown on Muslim majority Uyghurs in the country’s far western Xinjiang region, where a US State Department official says at least 800,000 and possibly up to two million people may have been detained in huge "re-education centers."
Anecdotal stories of detention and torture fit a growing pattern of evidence emerging about the systematic repression of religious and ethnic minority groups carried out by the Chinese government in Xinjiang, according to CNN.
China's actions in Xinjiang have been slammed by countries around the globe, including the United States, where lawmakers introduced draft legislation called the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act on Jan 17.
"Credible reports found that family members of Uyghurs living outside of China had gone missing inside China, that Chinese authorities were pressuring those outside the country to return, and that individuals were being arbitrarily detained in large numbers," legislators wrote.
According to the US State Department, Chinese authorities have indefinitely detained at least 800,000 Uyghur, ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities since April 2017.
"The pervasive surveillance in place across Xinjiang today has been frequently described as an 'open-air prison,'" Assistant Secretary of State Scott Busby said on December 4 while testifying before Congress.