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China writes Uighur detention centers into law

Change aims to ward off Western criticism of 'anti-extremist' re-education camps

China keeps a close watch on Uighurs in the Xinjiang region and has reportedly detained hundreds of thousands who it says have been "influenced by extremism."   © Reuters

DALIAN -- China updated legislation this week to officially permit "re-education" camps for minority Uighur Muslims, establishing a legal basis for mass detentions condemned by much of the international community.

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