There are unconfirmed reports that more than one million Muslims are being held against their will in China’s re-education camps. But the camps aren’t prisons, they are transformation centers designed to de-Islamize radical Muslims (behind a spate of terror attacks in China) from their fundamentalist roots into educated and productive members of society.
BBC (h/t John H) You can call them concentration camps, but they aren’t. In the camps, Muslims are taught to speak Mandarin Chinese, given classes in music, art, and culture, and most importantly, they are given job training that will enable them to find gainful employment so they can assimilate into Chinese society.
Despite international commentators speaking about the terrifying extent of these human rights violations, and the ensuing multigenerational trauma, Chinese officials hold confidence in this method of curbing religious extremism.
A state journal published a paper in 2017 saying that of 588 participants surveyed, most didn’t know what they had done wrong when they were sent to re-education camps, but by the time they were released, 98.8% had learned their mistakes. The researcher concluded that transformation through education is a permanent cure.