Few residents of America, either citizens or people with legal status in Washington, are reportedly being held in detention camps in Xinjiang, China, reports media quoting sources in the United States State Department.
However, there is no exact number of how many US residents are being held, reported CNN, adding that there were “a few”.
A US official claims that he had a new, not confirmed report regarding a California man whose father is a legal American resident, hadn’t been heard since returned to China’s Xinjiang.
An ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback said that “he had legal status being here, traveled back to Xinjiang after being here with his son in California. And then has not been heard from since. And he’s deeply concerned about whether what his treatment is. He has a number of chronic illnesses, he’s a 75-year-old man and an intellectual.”
Mr. Brownback continued, “Entire villages are being encased and people limited on their movement in and out of the villages in that region that’s occurring as well. The situation continues and in some cases appears to be escalating, not de-escalating.”
In 2018, a report by the United States State Department Human Rights has evaluated that China “arbitrarily detained 8,00,000 to possibly more than two million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps designed to erase religious and ethnic identities”.
On Thursday, the State Department has reiterated its travel advisory for Americans traveling to China, warned them specifically of “extra security measures in the Xinjiang Uigher Autonomous Region”.
The government of China has defended these mass detention camps as a means to fight, what they termed is a rising tide of extremism in the country. It further claims that these types of camps are “vocational and educational training centres for counter-terrorism and de-radicalization purposes”.