Beijing, December 21 (Reporters Pan Jie and Sun Nan) “In Xinjiang, people who go to mosques are said to be punished. Is it true?” “Uighur workers have lower wages than Han workers. Is this correct? “
On the 21st, at a press conference on Xinjiang-related issues in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xinjiang local government leaders and the masses met face-to-face with more than 20 Chinese and foreign media, presenting a real Xinjiang-related issue to the outside world. Xinjiang rumors are self-defeating.
“The Education and Training Center is a new starting point for our lives”
“Before I was influenced by religious extreme thoughts. I wanted to participate in illegal religious activities. I didn’t go to find a job or work in the field. I asked my parents if I didn’t have money. My father was so worried that his hair turned white and my mother often shed tears. At the meeting, Abulajiang Abulaiti, a graduate of the Education and Training Center of Aksu Prefecture, Xinjiang, told his story to Chinese and foreign reporters.
Through his studies at the Education and Training Center, Abulajang Abulaiti not only recognized the dangers of religious extreme ideology, but also improved his Putonghua level and mastered automobile maintenance techniques. After graduating, he opened an auto repair shop, earning more than 10,000 yuan a month. He also used the Chinese he learned in the education and training center as an interpreter for the merchants purchasing agricultural products. This alone would generate an additional income of about 30,000 yuan per year.
“The days at home are getting better year after year. You don’t know how happy I felt when I became the boss.” Abulajan Abulaiti said that next year he plans to open two more branches. Recruit some young people and teach them car maintenance techniques.
He said that if he didn’t study in the education and training center, he would be poisoned more and more; if he didn’t have the skills learned in the education and training center, he would not have a good life today. “The education and training center is a major turning point in our lives and a new starting point for our lives.”
In response to media questions about the so-called “re-education camps”, Yilijiang Anayiti, a spokesperson for the Press Office of the People’s Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, said that there are no so-called “re-education camps” in Xinjiang, and education and training centers are not at all. Re-education camp”.
He said that the vocational skills education and training center established in Xinjiang according to law is a de-radicalized school, which is in line with the “community corrections” promoted by the United States, the DDP (“Transformation and Disengagement” project) established by the United Kingdom, and the deradicalization center established by France There is no difference in the above. They are all useful attempts and active explorations for preventive counter-terrorism and de-radicalization, which are in line with the principles and spirit of a series of counter-terrorism resolutions such as the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.
“Do I need to be forced to change my life with my own hands?”
“We are not forced to work as some people say. We have earned money, learned our skills, and changed our lives with our own hands. Do we need to be forced by others?” At the press conference, Moyu from Hotan District The county’s migrant worker Xiali Maimai Timin responded to the so-called “forced labor against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.”
Xiali Maimai Timin once made a living by farming at home and doing odd jobs. In 2017, when I heard that going out to work is more than earning at home, Xiali Maimai Timin took a fancy to a job advertisement from a clothing company and went to work in Yili with his wife.
Eight-hour work system, halal restaurant, staff dormitory… Xieri Matemin, who has been promoted to the workshop director, is very satisfied with his work. He said that labor remuneration is calculated on the basis of performance. The more you work, the more you get, and there is no situation where Han employees earn more than Uyghur employees.
“If we don’t go out to work, do we expect some people to give us money? They say our wages are low, which is completely nonsense. They have not visited our company, nor communicated with us face to face.
They don’t understand the situation and spread rumors. Defamation means not seeing our good, and no one can deprive us of the right to live a good life.” said Xiali Maimaitim.
Xu Guixiang, deputy director of the Propaganda Department of the Party Committee of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, stated at the press conference that migrant workers of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are voluntarily working in accordance with the labor law and labor contract law.
The content and location of work are free to choose, and there is no “forced labor “problem.
“Some people in the West maliciously hyped up the so-called’forced labor’ issue under the banner of human rights and violated the basic labor rights of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.
The fundamental purpose is to deprive the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang of the right to pursue a better life through employment and make Xinjiang forever closed and backward. This is unpopular.” Xu Guixiang said.
“We firmly support the prevention and suppression of violent terrorist criminal activities”
“The installation of cameras in mosques in Xinjiang is to protect the safety of our religious people and believers, and to prevent and combat violent terrorist and criminal activities. We firmly support it.”
In response to media inquiries about surveillance at the entrance of mosques in Xinjiang, Hotan City added a mosque to Hatifu. Aishan Tursunnyaz said at the press conference.
The Kamai Mosque where Wubuli Aishan Tursunyaz is located is well-equipped and has a beautiful environment. Despite the impact of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, local people can still come to the mosque to worship normally.
He said that in Xinjiang, Muslims’ normal religious activities such as chanting, worshiping, praying, preaching, fasting, and celebrating Islamic holidays in mosques and in their own homes are carried out completely according to their personal wishes and protected by law. People interfere.
“Some people falsely claim that cameras are installed in mosques in Xinjiang to monitor mosques and punish Muslims. This is purely malicious smear. The sinister intention is to create contradictions between Muslims and non-Muslims, and undermine the religious harmony in Xinjiang and our happy life.” I can’t say that Aishan Tursuniyazi.
According to Xu Guixiang, the overall social situation in Xinjiang continues to be stable and improving, which has reversed the frequent occurrence of violent and terrorist activities in the past period.
There have been no cases of violence and terrorism in Xinjiang for four consecutive years. “Xinjiang is an open area. We welcome friends from all over the world to take a walk, take a look, and understand the real situation in Xinjiang,” he said.