The human rights situation in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region has “markedly worsened” in recent years, according to a confidential document compiled by the German Foreign Ministry that was leaked to DW and its German media partners NDR, WDR and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Since late 2016, there has been an “alarming increase” in repressive measures and systematic discrimination in China targeting Uighurs, as well as other Muslim minorities, according to the report.
So far, the German government has been careful when it comes to openly condemning the Chinese internment camps. German industrial giants like Siemens, along with BASF and VW, operate factories in Xinjiang.
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