İrem GÖL -TDO- The new legislation passed allows the US to freeze assets of Chinese officials responsible for arbitrary detentions in Xinjiang region. Beijing criticised the new US law arguing that it attacks the Chinese policy in the Xinjiang region. The human rights abuses against the Uighur people have been a concern for a long time and China was highly criticised due to mass incarceration of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

After the President of the US, Donald Trump, signed the Uighur Human Rights Act into law on Wednesday, Chinese foreign ministry said: “China will resolutely hit back and the US will bear the burden of all subsequent consequences. The act rudely interferes in China’s internal affairs and the US should immediately correct its mistakes.”

While the activists say China detained at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims and actively implements policies to forcibly assimilate them by banning the practices related to the Islamic faith and suppressing the culture. On the other hand, Chinese officials reject these accusations and say China is offering them an alternative to Islamic extremism by running vocational educational centres.

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