China Separates Muslim Children From Families: BBC

A parent’s love for a child is unconditional, and anxiety is intense during separations when parents can’t be sure of a child’s safety. In the western region of Xinjiang, China is placing Muslim adults in detention camps, sending children to boarding schools, and indoctrinating young and old to reject their faith and embrace Chinese culture and language. China imposes tight controls on the region, and BBC journalist John Sudworth spoke to distraught relatives in Turkey, who describe disappearances. “Records show that in one township alone more than 400 children have lost not just one but both parents to some form of internment, either in the camps or in prison. Formal assessments are carried out to determine whether the children are in need of ‘centralised care.’” Chinese authorities explain that “vocational training” is required to combat religious extremism. Sudworth reports people are detained for displaying religious symbols like a veil or “having overseas connections to places like Turkey.” The BBC commissioned German anthropologist Adrian Zenz to gather data on construction of camps and boarding schools with surveillance and electric fences, demographic changes in villages, and curricula. The policies violate the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and Zenz calls the program “cultural genocide.” - YaleGlobal

China Separates Muslim Children From Families: BBC

Human rights violation: In Xinjiang, China separates families, indoctrinates parents and sends children to boarding schools for “cultural reengineering”
John Sudworth
Friday, July 5, 2019

Read the report from BBC news about the separation of Muslim parents and children in Xinjiang.

The UN Declaration of Human Rights: Families and Children

Preamble

recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world…

Article 12

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 16
 (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
(3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 25

1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
(2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26
(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

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