On Thursday, the World Bank has said that it has once again reviewed a loan offered to China, amid at providing vocational education to Muslim Uighur Minority, but has “no indication” that the funds were used for anything other than schooling.
China’s treatment of the Uighur, who mostly belongs to Muslim Minority, Turkic-speaking minority determined in the nation’s tightly-controlled North-Western Xinjiang region – has undergone growing scrutiny.
On Wednesday, Foreign Policy Magazine has reported that $50 million loans from World Bank to China were used to purchase “barbed wire, gas launchers, and body armour.”
However, the bank claims that their twice-yearly scrutinies haven’t shown any proof of the purchase.
World Bank said in a statement that “there is ‘no indication’ from these missions that World Bank resources made available to the schools was used for any other purposes than those agreed to under the project.”
“Nevertheless, based on recent claims, we are conducting an additional review led by a diverse team of experts… If action is warranted, we will take it,” it added.
Earlier the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China has sent a note to World Bank President David Malpass expressing concern and raising inquiry about how the funds were used.
The letter sent to the bank was signed by US Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. He has said that “a growing body of convincing and credible evidence indicates mass internment camps are centers for social control and political indoctrination.”
“In these camps, Chinese authorities mistreat and torture detainees while requiring them to engage in forced labor, and to renounce their religion and culture,” he said, adding that the actions “may constitute crimes against humanity.”
The loan was approved to China in 2015 for vocational schools to aid improve the lives of ethnic minorities. The Congressional letter continued that the funding was approved before the advent of widespread mass internment camps.
Rights Groups and Experts claims that over 1 million mostly minorities have been jailed in re-education camps in Xinjiang.
China has initially rejected that the exercise of the camps ahead of admission to run what it termed “vocational education centers,” which is presented as compulsory to combat religious extremism and enhance employment.
Last month, Beijing has said that “most” of those being held had now returned home, without providing details.