Xinjiang Vice Governor Paints Internment Camps as ‘Vocational Centers’ at UN Rights Council

The vice governor of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on Tuesday defended the government’s policy of incarcerating Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps, repeating for the United Nations Beijing’s claims that the camps are part of a vocational training program that is saving those influenced by religious extremism, but drawing criticism from rights groups who said the U.N. should not be used as a stage from which to promote state propaganda.