China blocks CNN live feed of PBS News Hour-Politico Democratic Debate on Uyghurs: China briefly blacked out the CNN’s broadcast on PBS News Hour-Politico Democratic Debate on the human rights violation issue of the ethnic Uyghur community in the country on Monday. Presidential candidates Andrew Yang, former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Tom Steyer, and Senator Elizabeth Warren discussed the plight of the Uyghur Muslims at the PBS News Hour-Politico Democratic Debate held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 19, 2019.
Reports say China has detained over 1,000,000 Uyghurs at several detention centres, which the country calls re-education camps, and tightened surveillance against the Turkic-speaking community as Beijing fears they could spread Islamic terrorism in China. If we go by reports, thousands of Uyghurs, including ethnic Kazakhs and Uzbeks, have been detained in China’s restive Xinjiang province since April 2017 but Beijing refuses to share details about the detention centres and not even allowing foreign journalists and international delegates to visit them.
Earlier, the United States Congress had passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. The Act proposes that Washington should redirect resources to address the mass confinement of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in China. Prior to the approval of the US Congress, the Senate had passed the Act earlier.
In a first, 22 nations have condemned the illegal detention of Uyghur Muslims in China. Russian travellers used to call Uyghur Sart (a name which they used for sedentary) while Western travellers called them Turki.