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Amnesty International released a report with new witness accounts detailing the tortures and abuse of Muslims in the Xinjiang province of China, calling the actions “crimes against humanity.” The group conducted interviews with people who had been detained in internment camps in the region, places that the Chinese government has called “re-education camps.” The detailed and disturbing accounts should lead to a broader international response, if not from governments, then from members of the celebrity community who heavily align themselves with human rights issues. The result was a 160-page report with new testimonials from over 50 former camp detainees that show the government’s cruel treatment of Muslim minorities. Amnesty said, “Carried out under the guise of fighting ‘terrorism,’ these crimes have targeted ethnic Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Hui, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and Tajiks.” The former detainees included in the report were taken to the camps “for what appears to be entirely lawful conduct, such as possessing a religious-themed picture or communicating with someone abroad,” Amnesty said. One woman was put in an internment camp for having WhatsApp on her phone.

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