China reportedly sending male ‘relatives’ to ‘help’ Uighur Muslim women with ideology while their husbands are in detention camps

At least one million ethnic Uighur and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in Xinjiang UN experts and activists have claimed

Bejing: Uighur Muslim women are reportedly being forced to share the same bed as male Chinese officials sent by the government when their husbands are held in a detention camp. The officials are being sent to monitor them.

According to reports by Radio Free Asia (RFA), Uighur Muslim wives from China’s Xinjiang Province have been required to ‘invite‘ inspectors into their homes under a mandatory surveillance programme when their spouses are under detention.

After being accused of detaining at least one million Muslims in re-education centres in the far-western region Beijing has faced widespread criticism.

Currently, many Uighur Muslims women are living alone while their husbands are taken away from home. The government has mandated that those Muslim women must provide information about their lives and political views to the male inspectors, who call themselves their ‘relatives’, it is reported.

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These inspectors are encouraged to ‘develop feelings’ towards each other, claimed one official. “The relatives visit us here every two months and they stay with their paired relatives day and night,” RFA quoted one Communist official.

The official said, these officers try to bring ‘new ideologies and skills’ to the family. “They talk to them about life, during which time they develop feelings for one another,” he added.

The official added that 70 to 80 families in the township had a Han ‘relatives’ staying for up to six days at each family during the mandatory home doctrinal programme. Most of the relatives were said to be male.

According to human rights watch the state-led campaign, called ‘Pair Up and Become Family’, was imposed in the predominantly Muslim province in early 2018.

‘Muslim families across Xinjiang are now literally eating and sleeping under the watchful eye of the state in their own homes,’ said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at the New York-based pressure group.

The report said those who follow the policy is set to receive free land and housing incentives. Due to the country’s gender imbalance population issue about 30 million men in China, mostly Han, can’t find wives.

At least one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims are held in the detention centres in Xinjiang UN experts and activists have claimed. China describes them as ‘vocational training centres’ which they say could help stamp out extremism and give people new skills.

Former detainees from Xinjiang region previously revealed that Muslims were forced to eat pork and speak Mandarin in those internment camps. The Chinese government has also kept thousands of Uighur children away from their Muslim parents before indoctrinating them in camps posing as schools and orphanages, studies show.

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