Over than a million Chinese Communist officials are obliged to live with families in the northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region in the framework of government’s campaign to control the region of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities, CNN reported on May 14.
According to CNN, these “home stays” live in farmer households in southern Xinjiang as the Chinese government have been holding campaign against “terrorism, separatism and religious extremism.”
Uyghur families are obliged to “provide detailed information on their personal lives and political views” to the “home stays”, CNN reported.
Furthermore, Chinese Communist Party’s members accomplish “political education”. Chinese officials stay at least one week per month in some locations.
The “home stays” program started in early 2018 and was criticized by the international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW).
The HRW stated that this program “violates rights to privacy and family life and the cultural rights of ethnic minorities protected under international human rights law.”
CNN issued a request to the Xinjiang provincial government to comment on the situation, but it has not received a response yet.
On February 3, CNN reported about Uyghur Muslims detained in so-called “political education camps”, where they had been undergoing “brainwashing process”.