“I often think about persecuted peoples: the Rohingya, the poor Uighurs, the Yazidi.” For the first time, in his new book, “Ritorniamo a sognare. La strade verso un futuro migliore,” Pope Francis defines Chinese Uighurs as persecuted.
The Guardian documents the reaction of the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian, who holds that Pope Francis’ observations have no factual basis.
Asia News recalls that, according to statistics confirmed by the United Nations, around one million people – of a population of nearly 10 million – are held in places that human rights activists and many governments, including the United States and the European Union, describe as real internment camps. After having denied their existence for years, Beijing now calls them educational institutions to combat terrorism, separatism and Islamic extremism.