UPDATED 6:59 AM PT — Monday, March 25, 2019
According to a U.S. official, tours of Chinese “vocational camps” are highly organized and misleading.
The official, speaking anonymously, said Sunday that the tours are “highly choreographed and chaperoned,” and help cover the government’s ongoing human rights abuses in the region. He went on to say the U.S. ambassador has no plans to visit a camp himself.
The official’s comment comes one day after Amnesty International members protested Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Italy as part of an upcoming economic summit.
“We are here to ask for protection of human rights in China because this nation has the highest number of human rights violations,” stated Chiara Di Maria, member of Amnesty International.
China has pushed back against criticism against its controversial “deradicalization” program in the Muslim-populated northwestern part of the country.
The official described the situation as “highly repressive,” saying the claims that the facilities are training centers or boarding schools are not credible.