The Uyghurs are a Turkish-speaking Muslim ethnic minority. They are mainly based
in north-western China in the autonomous region of Xinjiang. They are being held in what are officially referred to as “vocational training centres”. In actual fact, these are
detention camps, where detainees are subjected to repression and forced labor,
and through which China seeks to eradicate the cultural and religious identity of this
Islamic minority. The European Parliament, which had already condemned the mass
internment of the Uighurs, declared in July 2020 that "we may be witnessing the
implementation of a genocide".