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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.

The addition to an "anti-radicalization" law enacted last year in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region officially lets local governments establish "vocational training centers." These facilities aim to "correct" the thoughts and actions of Uighurs deemed to be influenced by Islamic extremism.

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