China recently became the center of controversy after reports claimed that the country has been detaining about 1,000,000 Muslim Uighurs in prison camps located in the region of Xinjiang.
Despite the Chinese government’s denial, human rights advocates are saying that detainees have been forced into the camps in an attempt to “re-educate” them into the Communist Party way of thinking.
Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch commented they were able to document “torture… and ill treatment” in the said “schools.”
“The Chinese government is committing human rights abuses in Xinjiang on a scale unseen in the country in decades. The campaign of repression in Xinjiang is key test of whether the United Nations and concerned governments will sanction an increasingly powerful China to end this abuse.”
Meanwhile, a BBC report said that the Xinjiang centers are aiming to deal with extremism through “thought transformation.” Detainees, the news source said, “are made to swear loyalty to President Xi Jinping and criticize or renounce their faith.”
BBC likewise specified that Xinjiang’s new legislation “says examples of behavior that could lead to detention include expanding the concept of halal – which means permissible in Islam – to areas of life outside diet, refusing to watch state TV and listen to state radio and preventing children from receiving state education.”
The Xinhua News Agency claimed that the government is aiming to bring “indigenous Central Asian ethnic minorities into Han Chinese society and in turn, a ‘modern’ lifestyle.”
Xinjiang Governor Shohrat Zakir said that the camps (or “education centers”) provide people with lessons on Mandarin, Chinese history and laws, all in the hopes of “steering them away from extremism.”
In this photo, for example, we see Omar Bekali, a former detainee at the prison camp, after he eventually got reunited with his family in Istanbul, Turkey.
As it appears, reporting and filming by foreign media is extremely limited in Xinjiang.
As BBC reporter John Sudworth questioned:
“If this really is all about education then why the effort to stop us getting close?”
Naturally, netizens were quick to react to the disturbing news.
One netizen wrote:
“Not all Muslims are bad and some of us just want to live in peace. You can’t blame all Muslims for the actions of the few.”
“I don’t agree with it but then look how Christians are treated in Muslim countries… there should be as much outrage at that, too.”
Meanwhile, someone asked:
“Did we not learn anything from history? There is reason that we have a remembrance day. 1) To remember all the fallen soldiers of war especially WW1 and WW2. 2) We remember never to let the atrocities of what happened in WW2 ever happen again.”
Beach Handball Players’ Bikini Outfits Deemed “Too Revealing,” Sparks Debate
The women are performing “almost naked.”
Female athletes of beach-based sport events wear bikinis all the time, so skimpy bikini bottoms shouldn’t be a big deal, right? Well, the bikini bottoms of the beach handball players at the Youth Olympics in Argentina were apparently so skimpy they sparked debate and outrage in social media.
According to fans of the sport, the tight tops and the bikini bottoms of the players, who are no older than 18 years old, are too revealing.
The fans declared that the players are victims of sexual exploitation.
Philippine Customs Burned Relief Goods For ‘Yolanda’ Survivors
This is devastating!
When Typhoon Haiyan, known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, hit the country in 2013, it was one of the worst disasters that Filipinos have ever experienced. Help from other countries then started pouring in so victims can rebuild their lives.
However, these donations are now put into waste as the Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday destroyed four containers of goods in Mandaue City, Cebu, donated for Typhoon Yolanda victims. Donations from the United Kingdom, Norway, and Belgium, Norway were declared abandoned because donors did not pay the importation tax.
Man And His Rescued Kitten Become The Face Of Hurricane Florence
Not surprisingly, the kitten’s name is Survivor.
There is little doubt that Hurricane Florence is one of the worst natural disasters in modern history. However, the storm also brought out some truly unexpected heroes. A man and his rescued kitten made headlines when they were photographed taking a boat to safety in North Carolina. Not surprisingly, the two have become the hopeful faces of Hurricane Florence.
Robert Simmons Jr. is a resident of Bern, North Carolina. When Hurricane Florence hit, he initially wanted to stay at his house. However, he quickly reconsidered the idea when the waters started to reach waist-level. Simmons was one of the people who was rescued from Bern via boat. Interestingly, he also rescued a poor little kitten before leaving his home.
The photo of Simmons and his kitten perfectly captures the heartbreak caused by Hurricane Florence.